Jamie Lloyd is to direct rising star Gemma Chan in a 50th anniversary production of Harold Pinter’s play The Homecoming.
The Homecoming, Pinter’s 1965 play about sexual and psychological family dynamics sees eldest brother return with wife Ruth to his London family home after six years in America. An unsettling show of one-upmanship develops as his father and brothers battle to impress her. Ruth finds herself increasingly comfortable in her new family, as savage psychological rivalry, fraught with sexual tension, escalates into a disturbing challenge to moral and social order.
Chan who recently shot to fame as the robotic synth in the Channel 4 hit drama Humans will play the controversial role of Ruth – a character derided by some as a misogynistic creation and hailed by others as a symbol of empowerment. Chan said “She’s a complex woman who absolutely turns the tables on the men in the house. I don’t see her as a victim in any way.’
Lloyd who collaborated closely with the Nobel Prize winner playwright before his death in 2008 said “Some people think it’s a misogynistic play — and Harold was horrified at that. It’s about a woman who is in complete control of her own destiny,’
Gary Kemp will play Ruth’s husband Teddy with John Simm, Ron Cook, Keith Allen and John Macmillan completing the cast.
The Homecoming will play a limited season from 14 November until 13 February at Trafalgar Studios.