It's the first West End revival of Ariel Dorfman's play since the world premiere at the Royal Court in 1991, which transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1992 for a 12-month run.
Newton plays former political prisoner Paulina Salas in Dorfman’s account of confession and revenge set against the backdrop of a new democracy, emerging from a long period of dictatorship. Although she has never seen the face of her captor, she recalls his voice and mannerisms with terrifying clarity. Years later, and as if by fate, she acts as judge and jury to a man she believes to have been her oppressor.
Death and the Maiden, which is the inaugural production at the recently named Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy), is produced by Nick Frankfort and Tobias Round for CMP Limited and Lyndi Adler.