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The Hills of California
The Hills of California


Jez Butterworth’s magnificent, moving new play… Rich, funny, brilliantly layered drama’

Financial Times

‘Sam Mendes’ beautifully paced production surfs time, place and mood and is gloriously acted’

Financial Times

‘Devastatingly moving, bitterly funny, tender, cruel and wise’

The Stage

‘Jez Butterworth is back and he’s still remarkable’

Time Out

‘Laura Donnelly shines in Jez Butterworth’s bold drama… A fine female cast powers this smart new play’

The Telegraph

‘Witty, closely observed study of family relations and of the cycle of birth and death, impeccably performed by both young and older cast members’

Evening Standard

‘Four sisters soar in new Jez Butterworth play’


About the show

What is a song? A song is a dream… a place to be. Somewhere you can live. And in that place, there are no walls. No boundaries. No locks. No keys. You can go anywhere…

In the sweltering heat of a 1970s summer, the Webb sisters return to their childhood home in Blackpool, where their mother Veronica lies dying upstairs.

 Gloria and Ruby now have families of their own. Jill never left. And Joan? No one’s heard from her in twenty years… but Jill insists that their mother’s favourite won’t let them down this time.

 The run-down Sea View Guest House is haunted by bittersweet memories of Oven Bottoms and overdue bills. Back in the 1950s, each night the girls rehearse Andrews Sisters songs for their act, managed by their fiercely loving single mum. But when an American record producer offers them a shot at fame and a chance to escape, it will cost them all dearly.

 With stunning design and glorious music, this rich, funny, brilliantly layered drama surfs time, place and mood” (Financial Times) and features a tour de force performance from Laura Donnelly as the ferocious matriarch Veronica and long-lost sister Joan.

 Following their triumph The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) and Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) reunite for The Hills of California. Now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season until 15 June.