Stephen Dillane (pictured) will star in Caryl Churchill’s latest play, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, which receives its world premiere at the Royal Court this November. Both it and next month’s already sold-out run of Krapp's Last Tape have slightly revised their dates as part of the Sloane Square venue’s year-long 50th anniversary season (See News, 31 Jul 2006).

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? - which was previously scheduled to run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 14 November to 22 December 2006 (previews from 10 November) – has delayed its press performance until 22 November, although other dates remain the same. Ahead of that, Krapp's Last Tape - which was scheduled from 11 to 21 October 2006 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs – will now run from 14 to 24 October (previews from 12 October), with a special fundraising gala on 18 October but with no performances on 15, 19 and 22 October.

Dillane’s performance in the Donmar Warehouse’s 1999 production of The Real Thing, which transferred to the West End, won him the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor, and, when it subsequently went to Broadway, a Tony Award. His many other stage credits include The Coast of Utopia (National), Uncle Vanya (RSC), Hamlet (West End) and his solo Macbeth which he brought to the Almeida last year. Dillane’s screen credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, The Hours, Anna Karenina, The Cazalets and The Truth About Charlie.

Jack would do anything for Sam. Sam would do anything. Billed as a “searing exploration of transatlantic relations”, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? is directed by Royal Court associate director James Macdonald and designed by Eugene Lee. Churchill’s many previous plays premiered at the Royal Court include A Number, Far Away, Blue Heart, Serious Money, Top Girls and Cloud Nine.

In Samuel Beckett’s 1958 study of mortality, creativity and memory, a 69-year-old man is alone on his last birthday, listening to the past. Best known for the many plays he has authored, for which he was last year awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (See News, 8 Dec 2005), Harold Pinter has also enjoyed an impressive career as an actor, not least in many of his own plays, including One for the Road and The Collection. Outgoing Royal Court artistic director Ian Rickson directs. Tickets for the limited performances in the Court’s 100-seat studio space sold out within half-an-hour (See The Goss, 4 Sep 2006).

- by Terri Paddock