Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams & Rufus Sewell star in Old Times at the Pinter
Date: 9 October 2012
It's been confirmed that Rufus Sewell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams will star in a revival of Pinter's 1971 three-hander Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January.
The production, which is directed by Ian Rickson, will be the first Pinter play to be staged at the venue since it was renamed in the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's honour last year.
In Pinter’s darkly erotic drama, Kate and her husband Deeley (Sewell) are visited in their converted farmhouse home by Kate’s old college roommate Anna, sparking off a war in which memories – and different versions of the past – are the weapons.
As reported back in August, Thomas and Williams will alternate the roles of Kate and Anna nightly, echoing Danny Boyle's Olivier Award-winning production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre.
Scott Thomas, who won a Whatsonstage.com Award for As You Desire Me in 2006, and Rickson will reunite having collaborated on a revival of Pinter's Betrayal at the same venue (then called the Comedy Theatre) last year.
Rickson's other recent credits include Jez Butterworth's internationally acclaimed Jerusalem, starring Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance.
Rufus Sewell was last in the West End back in 2006 when he won an Olivier Award for Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll. Lia Williams' recent theatre credits include Earthquakes in London (National) and The Lady from the Sea (Arcola).
Old Times, which is being produced by Sonia Friedman, will begin previews at the Harold Pinter from 12 January and is booking until 6 April 2013.
Tickets to Old Times are now on sale via Whatsonstage.com
- by Theo Bosanquet
|We aregoing to London in January and would like to make sure about this "alternate roles" business. How does this work? - Tiffoche||09 Oct 12|
|Hi Pete - the publicity material we saw said only that they will 'alternate roles'. We assume this means the coin toss is still happening, but didn't want to report it until we're sure. - Theo||09 Oct 12|
|Is it confirmed that the leads will switch roles on alternate nights or are they going to toss a coin as mentioned in the original press release.
Just wondering as I have booked to go and see this in January and would quite like to book to see it a 2nd time with the roles switched, but have no idea which date to pick for the 2nd visit.
Any confirmation on how the role switch will work would be helpful. - Pete||09 Oct 12|
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