Billy Crudup's West End Debut In Harry Clarke

Published Tue, 23 January 2024

Billy Crudup is set to grace the West End stage for the first time, taking on the role of a cunning conman in David Cale's award-winning play, "Harry Clarke." Widely known for his role in "The Morning Show," Crudup will navigate the complex narrative, portraying 19 distinct characters in this solo performance about a charismatic American trickster who masquerades as a Londoner.

Originally staged off-Broadway in 2017, "Harry Clarke" revolves around a midwestern barista who captivates a wealthy New York family while adopting the guise of a British representative of the singer Sade. Crudup describes the play as a blend of charm, suspense, and a claustrophobic film noir experience. The actor earned accolades for his performance, with The New York Times praising it as "a sly role terrifically suited to his gifts."

Directed by Leigh Silverman, who previously helmed the New York production, the London run is scheduled to take place at the Ambassadors Theatre from March 9 to May 11. Crudup expresses gratitude for the opportunity to showcase the collaborative work in front of London's discerning and intelligent West End audience.

For playwright David Cale, a UK native, "Harry Clarke" marks his British theatrical debut. The 80-minute monologue promises a captivating preview starting March 9, offering theatregoers a unique and thrilling experience until May 11. As Crudup embarks on this new venture, London's vibrant theatre scene eagerly awaits the arrival of this acclaimed one-man show.