Rex Pickett

A new production of Rex Pickett’s novel and play Sideways will open at the St James Theatre in London for its UK and European premiere, running 29th May until 9th July.

The production will be directed by David Grindley (Daytona, Journey's End), and the full cast and creative team is yet to be announced.


Sideways follows the story of a neurotic author called Miles, who is writing his way into a midlife-crisis, and an actor called Jack, who is marrying his way out of his, who head out to Santa Barbara for a week of wine-tastings.

The duo find out that there's more to be savoured in California than a few new bottles. When Miles and Jack meet the equally complex Maya and Terra, the four of them learn just how intoxicating a good glass of wine and good company can be.

As well as for novel and stage, Sideways was adapted for the big screen: the 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church.

Sideways won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for four other awards including Best Picture.

You can watch the original film trailer for Sideways below:

Rex Pickett

Rex’s writing career ranges from indie filmmaking, screen and TV, novels and playwriting, and his papers and films are archived in Special Collections at the University of California at San Diego.

On Sideways, Rex Pickett said, “From the moment my play Sideways was successfully staged in the US, it's been my express dream to bring it to London. That is not hyperbole. I've been a lifelong, die-hard fan of UK films, literature, thespians, and, of course, London's rich history of theatre and her undying love of language and for the spoken word.”

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(Photo credit: Jock McDonald).