Fool for Love

Original London West End Production with Julie Walters and Ian Charleson - 1984

1st London West End Revival with Juliette Lewis and Martin Henderson - 2006


Play by Sam Shepard. May and Eddie are former lovers who meet at an isolated motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert. As buried passions are unearthed, lust turns to violence and cruel betrayals may not be forgiven. An explosive story of dark secrets, gripping obsession and the deepest kind of love.

Sam Shepard's other plays seen in London's West End include Buried Child


Fool For Love: Original London West End Production 1984

Previewed 27 September 1984, Opened 4 October 1984, Closed 31 January 1985 (in repertory) at the NT Cottesloe Theatre
Transferred 4 February 1985, Closed 30 March 1985 at the Lyric Theatre

Presented by the National Theatre. The cast featured Julie Walters as 'May' and Ian Charleson as 'Eddie' with Tom Watson as 'the Old Man' and David Troughton as 'Martin'. Directed by Peter Gill with designs by Alison Chitty, lighting by Stephen Wentworth and sound by Anthony Waldron.


Fool For Love: 1st London West End Revival 2006

Previewed 7 June 2006, Opened 15 June 2006, Closed 9 September 2006 at the Apollo Theatre

The cast featured Juliette Lewis as 'May' and Martin Henderson as 'Eddie' with Larry Lamb as 'the Old Man' and Joe Duttine as 'Martin'. Directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O'Hare.

Juliette Lewis, who plays the role of 'May' said: "I wanted to do a play for a long time because it's the bare essentials of acting, just a story, actors and a set, whereas film is a film-makers' medium and you are just a piece of the puzzle. I didn't know what material was going to sustain my interest, then I read this play. The dilemma was something I recognised. I'm not a yeller like May, but I connected with the struggle of a love you can't have. You are for ever chasing that connection... [Lindsay Posner has] really whipped us into shape. He has real patience. Eight hours a day can be tedious but he had such a gentle touch to get you through it, and before you know it, you know the text. It becomes muscle memory."

"The atmosphere is balmy and claustrophobic, and, with the right combination of actors in the two leading roles, should be crackling with emotion and resentment. These two Hollywood film actors both look right: Juliette Lewis is louche as well as sweet... Martin Henderson is boyish and sexy... but between the two of them, despite Lindsay Posner's simple, spare direction, they left me wondering if, secret or no secret, they should spend any time together at all, or if they should just call it a day and go bowling or whatever else they do on the edge of the Mojave desert." The Sunday Telegraph

"Another Sam Shepard play, another tale of underclass Americans shouting at each other, drinking too much and slamming doors a lot. This production, directed by Lindsay Posner, adds an especially loud sound effect whenever the door is slammed, just to make the point that when these earthy, angry, tortured, passionate people slam doors, they really slam doors. Not like your nice white-collareds. Juliette Lewis is the Hollywood A-lister having her turn on the London stage here, as the gawky, pouting May, in a slinky red dress and black heels... May's expecting the arrival of her new man, but instead she's had an unexpected visit from an ex-boyfriend, Eddie... There is little movement for the first half, as these two work out their internal agonies on each other. As often with Shepard, the shouting, drinking, door-slamming and outbursts of bloodless scuffling are often a tired substitute or shorthand for genuine dramatic tension. Only with the arrival of May's new man, Martin, do things become more interestingly triangular. .. There is more much-needed humour with Martin's added presence, but the thinness of Shepard's characterisation is also revealed... Despite the decent acting and the occasional rough lyricism, the whole remains thin and unconvincing. There is no resolution to the fate of Eddie and May, but not much to the play, either." The Sunday Times

"Fool For Love is one of Sam Shepard's most combustible plays, as potent as Greek tragedy, which it resembles. Not that you'd guess from Lindsay Posner's underwhelming production in which Hollywood star Juliette Lewis gives a performance that never goes beyond delivering her lines. It doesn't matter that Martin Henderson's Eddie can lasso bedposts and chairs and persuade you that he is a rodeo cowboy, because this is a play about a man and woman savagely, deplorably bound together. But it takes two. Here, there's only one, with way too much to do. See the movie with Kim Basinger and Shepard himself, both burning with desire and despair." The Mail on Sunday

Fool for Love in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 7 June 2006, opened on 15 June 2006 and closed on 9 September 2006