The Hills of California

The Harold Pinter Theatre



Mondays to Saturdays, 7pm, Wednesdays & Saturday, 2pm


Three hours, including two intervals




Audio descriptive and BSL performances available - check with the theatre

Please contact venue


The Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street
St James
+44 (0)20 7369 1731


See the latest addition to London's West End with the long-awaited collaboration between Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes with The Hills of California, playing for a limited time at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Travel to Blackpool, a seaside resort famous for its fairground rides and promenade. However, it's not all fun and games,as a family drama unfolds away from the beach and its many attractions. Follow the fortunes of the Webb family as the daughters return to the family for a final farewell to the matriarch.

What is The Hills of California about?

It’s summer 1976 in Blackpool, the driest it has been in 200 years, with beaches expectedly packed with tourists. Away from the bustle of the seaside and its heavenly ice creams, the Webb sisters make their way back to the family home, a downhill guesthouse where their mother rests and slowly meets her destiny.

Prepare for an emotional ride as you join the Webb sisters on a final journey to say goodbye to their mother, relive old childhood memories and return to the house which holds so many memories. This house. It’s called “Sea View”, an unusual name for a place where you can't even see the sea.

Their mother, upstairs in the final stages of stomach cancer, sees her daughters return to the family home for a divided reunion where the sisters try to decide the best plan of action as revelations about the past unfold.

The Hills of California cast and production

The Webb family are played by Laura Donnely (The Ferryman, Outlanders), Leanne Best (Sweat, Ted Lasso, Ripper Street, Line of Duty), Ophelia Lovibond (Nightfall, Elementary, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Helena Wilson (Vogue World, Jack Absolute Flies Again, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern).

Following their multi-award winning triumph with The Ferryman, The Hills of California brings together Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) and Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) with Sonia Friedman in the production of what promises to be the trendiest new play in town! A whirlwind of emotions unfolds as childhood memories and the past intertwine with present day relationships.

How to book tickets for The Hills of California

You can purchase your tickets for The Hills of California via the booking button on this page. When booking, you can select your preferred seats and view ticket prices for this London exclusive show.

The play is currently scheduled to run until the 15 June 2024.

How long is the show?

The Hills of California is three hours long, including two intervals.

When are the matinees taking place?

The Hills of California matinees take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.

When are the evening performances scheduled for?

The evening performances of The Hills of California take place Mondays to Saturdays at 7pm.

Where is the play showing on the West End?

The Hills of California is currently playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, on Panton Street.

How to get there:

  • Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Charing Cross are the closest tube stations, on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Northern lines.
  • Bus: A few bus lines (12, 88, 159, 453, N3, N18, N97, N109 and N136) stop by Haymarket, with the theatre located just a few steps away.
  • Cycling: Rent a Santander bike and head to Charles II Street on the West End, where you can find Santander bike docks.

Is there an age restriction?

The play is recommended for anyone aged 16 years and older. The show contains themes of a sensitive nature.

What other shows can I watch in London?

Dive into a classic Whodunit crafted by the queen of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie, with The Mousetrap now showing at the St Martins Theatre. Or see Ian McKellen's portrayal of Falstaff in the new production of Shakespeare's Henry IV: Player Kings, currently onstage at the Noel Coward Theatre


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