Ian Holm and Lia Williams headline the cast as Max and Ruth. Holm was last seen in London in the National's 1998 production of King Lear which won him a hat trick of Best Actor awards (at the Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Oliviers). Williams' stage credits include David Mamet's Oleanna at the Royal Court and David Hare's Skylight in the West End.
Holm and Williams are joined in The Homecoming cast by Ian Hart (Lenny), John Kavanagh (Sam), Nick Dunning (Teddy) and Jason O'Mara (Joey), who also repeat their roles.
Written in 1965, The Homecoming tells the story of a professor who returns to his childhood home in north London after teaching at an American university. He brings his sophisticated with him to meet his working class family. After opening at in Dublin in July, this production of The Homecoming played the Lincoln Center in New York as part of the Harold Pinter Festival, where it played to sold-out houses and critical acclaim.
Pinter, one of Britain's greatest living playwrights, celebrates his 70th birthday this October and a number of high profile productions have been planned to mark the occasion. Pinter has already appeared himself in his new play, One for the Road, at the New Ambassadors, and the Royal Court have staged Mountain Language and Ashes to Ashes. In 2002, Pinter will direct his classic, No Man's Land, at the National Theatre. His other plays include The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, Betrayal, A Kind of Alaska and The Lover.
Currently playing at the Comedy Theatre, Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon will now close on 15 September.
- by Terri Paddock