November 1, 2013
Production photos of Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
If you are scouring the West End for some manly talent this winter, then look no further than the Harold Pinter Theatre.
For there is more talented testosterone on display than in Hugh Jackman’s dressing room, as “the boys” of Mojo let rip.
The casting is like a Spotlight dream with the producers bagging Harry Potter alumni Rupert Grint for his first stage role, Ben Whishaw flush from Bond success, Brendan Coyle taking a break from Downton Abbey, Daniel Mays proving yet again that he is ALWAYS GREAT, and Merlin’s Colin Morgan growing up fast and joining the big boys.
This strong revival by Ian Rickson of his original Royal Court production reminds us all that Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem didn’t just come out of nowhere, it was in a long line of fantastically written, edgy, witty plays.
It’s kind of what the West End is meant to be all about. Extraordinary work that features the best possible cast and creative talent.
August 7, 2013
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint makes his West End stage debut alongside Ben Whishaw in a major new revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play Mojo.
Ian Rickson revives his acclaimed Royal Court production of Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre, featuring a strong cast that includes Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Daniel Mays (Vera Drake) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall).
Director Ian Rickson reunites with the writer Jez Butterworth following Mojo’s original premiere at the Royal Court in 1995, and their recent success with Jerusalem.
Butterworth wrote and directed the film adaptation of Mojo in 1997, which featured the late writer, director and actor Harold Pinter.
Mojo won the Olivier award for Best New Comedy and is a savagely funny play set against the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene of 50′s Soho, delving into the sleazy underworld and power games of London’s most infamous district.
Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
July 26, 2013
Ian Rickson will direct a cast including Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays and Ben Whishaw in a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo, reuniting director and writer who previously collaborated on the play’s world premier at the Royal Court in 1995. Designs are by Ultz.
Mojo will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 26 October 2013 with tickets released for general sale in September 2013. Preview tickets go on sale today (26 July 2013) to the Mojo priority mailing list.
Mojo will be produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Further information about this production including final casting, full schedule and public on sale date, will be announced in September.
October 24, 2012
A Harold Pinter play finally makes it to the theatre named in his honour as his compelling drama Old Times plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 12 January 2013.
Old Times features an all-star cast including Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas alternating in the role of Kate and Anna with Lia Williams, and Rufus Sewell as Deeley.
Kristin Scott Thomas teams up again with director Ian Rickson for the piece, following their successful and acclaimed collaborations on Pinter’s Betrayal and Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Pinter’s seductive and hypnotic drama is set in a remote farmhouse, as Kate, Deeley and Anna reminisce about their lives as young people in London. But conflicting memories and sexual tensions rear up to make the past seem surprisingly present.
Kristin Scott Thomas has won a number of awards for both her screen and stage roles including an Oscar nomination for The English Patient, a BAFTA award for Four Weddings and a Funeral and an Olivier Award for The Seagull. Lia Williams is a stage actress with credits including Pinter’s The Homecoming and David Hare’s Skylight. Rufus Sewell is an award-winning actor with roles including Eleventh Hour for CBS and recently Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
Jez Butterworth’s Multi Award Winning Jerusalem Returns To London For Strictly Limited 14 Week Season
July 12, 2011
MARK RYLANCE TO REPRISE CELEBRATED ROLE OF JOHNNY “ROOSTER” BYRON DIRECTED BY IAN RICKSON
Ian Rickson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 14 week engagement hot on the heels of a triumphant Broadway run. Mark Rylance will reprise his Olivier and Tony award-wining performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, directed by Ian Rickson. Previewing at the Apollo Theatre from 8 October 2011, with press night on 17 October, Jerusalem is booking until 14 January 2012. Designs are by Ultz, with lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck. Jerusalem is produced in the West End by Royal Court Theatre Productions and by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Jerusalem is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The Council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair and Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking.
Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play returns to the West End following record-breaking sold-out runs at the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatres in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Jerusalem is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed extended run at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway where it plays until 21 August 2011. Jerusalem has now won over ten theatre awards internationally, culminating in the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Play going to Mark Rylance earlier this year.
The 2011 West End cast includes Mark Rylance (Johnny “Rooster” Byron) and Mackenzie Crook (Ginger) as well as Max Baker (Wesley), Alan David (The Professor), Aimeé-Ffion Edwards (Phaedra), Johnny Flynn (Lee), Geraldine Hughes (Dawn), Danny Kirrane (Davey), Charlotte Mills (Tanya), Sarah Moyle (Ms Fawcett) and Harvey Robinson (Mr Parsons).
Jerusalem will offer 20 best price seats at £10 each, which will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of each performance.
Multi award-winning actor Mark Rylance was last in the West End playing Valere in La Bête at the Comedy Theatre, a role he reprised on Broadway. Before the West End run of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, he was recently on stage playing Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Duchess Theatre and Robert in Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and on Broadway where he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. His other theatre work includes many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Glasgow Citizens as well as True West for the Donmar Warehouse, Bloody Poetry for the Royal Court and The Maids for Shared Experience and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing directed by Matthew Warchus, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V and Hamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night. His film and television work includes The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero’s Books, Angels and Insects, Leonardo and David Kelly in C4’s The Government Inspector for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award.
Jez Butterworth’s first play Mojo opened at the Royal Court in 1995 and subsequently won five drama awards including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. He returned to the Royal Court in 2002 with The Night Heron and The Winterling in 2006. His films Mojo, starring Harold Pinter, and Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman, were both shown at the Venice Film Festival prior to general release. In 2007 he received the E.M. Forster Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009 his play Parlour Song received its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson. 2010 saw the international release of his feature film Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
Ian Rickson’s most recent West End credits include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal which completes its run at the Comedy Theatre on 20 August and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4 and The Weir and Mojo both of which transferred to the West End and Broadway. He has directed Jez Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song as well as Jerusalem. For the National Theatre he has directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still.
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July 10, 2011
Fresh from his Tony Awards success, Mark Rylance brings Johnny back to London for one last time.
Life must feel pretty good for Mark Rylance. Over a long and distinguished career he has moved with some grace and lots of eccentric style from accomplished actor, writer, director and artistic director to veritable national treasure.
And his performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem has proved nothing short of a theatrical revelation, with audiences and critics queuing up to praise him on both sides of the Atlantic, and awards ceremonies falling over themselves to hand over their honours (Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards – and now Tony Awards – included).
And following his Broadway run in Jerusalem, Rylance is bringing the play back to London for one last time.
Most recently Rylance scored a hit with David Hirson’s comedy La Bete in the West End and on Broadway, starring alongside Frasier’s David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley.
Other acting success for Rylance includes Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Duchess Theatre and his Tony award-winning role in Boeing-Boeing in the West End and on Broadway. He was Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for ten years and his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V and Hamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Other work includes a number of RSC and the National Theatre productions as well as roles at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court. In the West End he played Benedict in Much Ado about Nothing directed by Matthew Warchus, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Film and TV work includes The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero’s Books and The Government Inspector for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award for his role as David Kelly.
Ian Rickson, director of Jerusalem, said of Rylance that he is, “steeped in symbolism, imagination and ritual. There are very few actors who are able to be male and also have a poetic dimension.”
Rylance will star in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre in London, alongside Mackenzie Crook, from 8 October 2011 to 14 January 2012.
July 10, 2011
Mark Rylance returns to London following his triumphant, Tony Award-winning run as hellraiser Johnny Byron in Jez Butteworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem, directed by Ian Rickson. Also starring Mackenzie Crook.
June 17, 2011
A round-up of reviews of Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.
Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles, at the Comedy Theatre until 20 August 2011.
Over a period of nine years, Pinter’s play shows the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire, exploring how our loves and our losses echo and accumulate through time.
See a round-up of Betrayal reviews, below.
June 6, 2011
Hollywood star Kristin Scott Thomas returns to the West End in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
Kristin Scott Thomas was last on the London stage playing Arkadina in Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre. She won the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress, reprising the role on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater the following year, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Her other theatre credits include Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters both for the Playhouse Theatre in London.
Scott Thomas’s extensive film credits include most recently Sous Ton Emprise, Une Femme Parfaite and Nowhere Boy as well as Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, the multi-award winning Gosford Park, The Horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels & Insects, for which she won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a supporting role and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress.
She has just completed filming on Bel Ami and Salmon Fishing in Yemen, both due for release later this year. On television her credits include Gulliver’s Travels, Belle Epoque, Body and Soul, Weep No More My Lady and The Secret Life of Ian Fleming.
Kristin Scott Thomas joins Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles in the cast of Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre, in Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s play, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
May 28, 2011
Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal has started previewing at the Comedy Theatre in London.
Written by Harold Pinter in 1978, the world premiere of Betrayal took place at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall with a cast comprising Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton and went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 1983 David Jones directed the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film of Betrayal with Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.
Photos by Michael Birt.