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Sideways at St James Theatre

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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
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California's Wine Country comes to the West End

First the book, then the film, now the play – as Rex Pickett's popular novel Sideways comes to the West End in a stage adaptation that's as piquant as a Pinot Noir.

Neurotic author Miles hopes that a road trip to California's wine country might take his mind off his midlife crisis, so he sets off with his engaged friend Jack, who is out to make the most of his final days as a single man.

When the pair cross paths with two intriguing women named Maya and Terra, the conversation flows as freely as the wine. Everyone seems to be getting along fine, until Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, and it all goes sideways.

The UK premiere at St James Theatre is directed by David Grindley (Journey's End, The American Plan, Daytona) and stars Daniel Weyman as Miles, Simon Harrison as Jack, Ellie Piercy as Maya and Beth Cordingly as Terra.

Tickets are priced from £15 - £50, but if you'd like to savour the experience with the help of a fine vintage, VIP tickets including post-show wine tasting are available on selected dates in June for £65.

Sideways runs from now until 9 July with evening performances from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
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When: now until 9 July
Where: St James Theatre Palace Street SW1
Cost: £15-£65
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