Helen McCrory (pictured) will return to the Donmar Warehouse this summer to appear alongside British screen stars Jeremy Northam and Gina McKee in Harold Pinter’s 1971 three-hander Old Times (See News, 26 Mar 2004). The new production has a limited season from 7 July to 4 September 2004 (previews from 1 July).

McCrory last appeared at the Donmar in 2002’s Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, Sam Mendes’ farewell double bill as the theatre’s artistic director, for which she was nominated for Best Actress honours in both the Evening Standard and Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.

McCrory has also been seen at the Donmar in How I Learned to Drive as well as, more recently, in Platonov and Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre.

In Pinter’s darkly erotic drama, premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych, Kate (McKee) and her husband Deeley (Northam) are visited in their converted farmhouse home by Kate’s old college roommate Anna (McCrory), sparking off a war in which memories – and different versions of the past – are the weapons.

Old Times will be directed by Roger Michell (Blue/Orange, Honour) and designed by William Dudley (The Coast of Utopia, Hitchcock Blonde, with lighting by Rick Fisher.

Currently at the Donmar, artistic director Michael Grandage’s production of Pirandello’s Henry IV, in a new version by Tom Stoppard starring Ian McDiarmid, continues until 26 June 2004, before embarking on the theatre’s first-ever regional tour (See News, 18 Mar 2004).

- by Terri Paddock