Duchess Theatre, 2011


Ben Butley is having a monumentally bad day. So bad, he’s making sure everyone else has a worse one. His estranged wife has taken up with the most boring man in London. His beloved protégé has found a new benefactor. And in an unprecedented act of betrayal even the English department’s resident failure has a book deal. Butley’s trusty arsenal – mischievous irony and gleeful troublemaking – have never failed him yet. Might they finally prove to be the weapons of his own self-destruction?


Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, played rapier-tongued lecturer Ben Butley in a major revival of Simon Gray’s award-winning comedy.


★★★★ ‘Dominic West is at his Wired Best’
Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Dominic West is amazing’
The Times

★★★★ ‘Butley shines like a gold coin’
The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Butley is not a show to miss’
Daily Telegraph


Director Lindsay Posner
Designer Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer Howard Harrison
Sound Designer Matt McKenzie

Cast Dominic West, Paul McGann, Penny Downie, Amanda Drew, Martin Hutson, Cai Brigden, Emma Hiddleston