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Timothée Chalamet Is Making His West End Debut

The internet’s boyfriend is doing a play in London. Here’s how to get your hands on 2020’s hottest theatre ticket going

Emma Firth | 21.11.2019

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Chalamania, long may you reign. Since his breakout role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, Timothée Chalamet has firmly solidified his status as the internet’s boyfriend.

This year alone has seen him named the most influential man in fashion (a highlight: schooling us all in the style merit of an embroidered bib), cast in Netflix’s epic drama The King (which saw him trial an “anxiety-inducing” bowl cut), and Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation this Christmas. Oh yes, and there was that make-out picture, which inspired a thousand memes. It’s been a busy year for the actor, so you can’t blame him to want to take a break. “It’s the first time in almost two years I’ve gotten a breath, so I’m savouring it” he said recently in an interview.

Fear not, the hiatus isn’t set to last very long, as it’s announced the French-American actor is to star in a London play in April at the Old Vic Theatre, entitled 4000 Miles. The Pulitzer-Prize nominated drama, by Amy Herzog, will preview from 6 April and officially open on 16 April, running until 23 May. While not his first play - in 2016 he had a critically-acclaimed run in an off-Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son - this will mark his West End debut. Dubbed a “funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama” by the New York Times, Chalamet will play 21-year-old Leo, who turns up unexpectedly at his 91-year-old grandmother Vera’s (played by Eileen Atkins) house in New York in the middle of the night, after embarking on a cycling trip across the U.S with his best friend.

"The Pulitzer-Prize nominated drama, by Amy Herzog, will officially open on 16 April."

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Artistic director Matthew Warchus, who will direct the play, explained how he got the Oscar-nominated actor on board. “He was in London doing some publicity for one of his films and he came over to have a chat with me and we had a walk around the theatre and onto the stage, and I think he is excited by it.”

More importantly, how can you buy tickets to one of the starriest theatre moments of 2020? A number of priority booking opportunities, for benefactors and 'Friends' of the Old Vic, will be available from November 22nd. While tickets will go on general sale on Tuesday December 3 at 12pm at oldvictheatre.com. Reminder, set.

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