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Reviews: Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas

October 2, 2014 

Reviews round-up of Electra at the Old Vic starring Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic. Photo: Tristram Kenton

The reviews are in for Electra, which opened last night at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra, Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra.

And apart from the Daily Mail, they are raves pretty much across the board, particularly the Indie and Telegraph who lavish five stars on the production, notably Scott Thomas’s performance.

The production is directed by Ian Rickson and adapted by Frank McGuinness.

Read reviews below from the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent and more.

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Photos: Electra at the Old Vic starring Kristin Scott Thomas

October 1, 2014 

Production photos of Electra at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas

Electra at the Old Vic starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Electra at the Old Vic starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Opening tonight (1 October 2014) at the Old Vic, Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Sophocles’ tragedy Electra.

Performed in the round, Rickson and Scott Thomas reunite following their acclaimed revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.

Adapted by Frank McGuinness, this new production features Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra, Olivier and Ian Charleson Award winner Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra.

Photos by Tristram Kenton

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Jack Lowden and Diana Quick to join Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic

June 24, 2014 

Kristin Scott Thomas to be joined by Diana Quick and Jack Lowden in Sophocles’ epic Greek drama Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.

Further casting has been announced for Ian Rickson’s new production of Sophocles’ tragedy Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.

Joining Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra will be Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra. Other cast include Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight.

Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of this Greek classic starts at The Old Vic in the round on 22 September 2014.

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MORE ABOUT THE CAST

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Electra
Read more about Kristin Scott Thomas here.

Amanda Drew plays Chrysothemis
Amanda is well known on television as Dr. May Wright in EastEnders, and more recently for her role as Cate in Broadchurch, as Jacqui Whitehead in Southcliffe, Life of Crime, Switch, Silent Witness and Men Behaving Badly. On stage Amanda’s credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Olivia in Twelfth Night and John Gabriel Borkman at the National; Eastwood Ho!, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor, Jubilee and Love in a Wood for the RSC and Love and Information, Enron, The Stone, Faces in the Crowd and The Ugly One at the Royal Court. Films include Elfie Hopkins & The Gammons, This Year’s Love, The Other Man and Mrs Dalloway.

Jack Lowden plays Orestes

Jack Lowden

Jack Lowden

Jack has recently received both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his latest role as Oswald in Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts at The Almeida and Trafalgar Studios. On stage he has also starred as Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre and Blackwatch at the Barbican and on tour in America. Jack’s television credits include The Tunnel, Mrs. Biggs, Blue Haven and Being Victor, while his film work includes 71 and uwantme2killhim? In 2015 Jack will appear as the poet Thomas Wyatt in the BBC television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, as well as starring in the World War I BBC drama series The Passing Bells and upcoming film Pan with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried.

Diana Quick plays Clytemnestra
Best known as Lady Julia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, Diana has also appeared extensively on stage in productions including Mother Teresa Is Dead, The Old Neighbourhood, The Sea and King Lear for the Royal Court, Hamlet, The Changeling and The Women Pirates for the RSC, A Map of the World, Troilus and Cressida, Tamburlaine, Plunder and Phaedra Brittanica for the National and You Never Can Tell at the Garrick. Diana has appeared regularly on television in Case Histories, Inspector George Gently, Silk, The Queen and The Woman in White among others. Her film credits include Side By Side, Mother’s Milk, Love/Loss, Revenger’s Tragedy, AKA and The Discovery of Heaven.

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Movie News: BBC Films announce The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith, London Road

May 9, 2014 

BBC Films has announced its new slate for the Cannes Film Festival and it includes a new film adaptation of hit play The Lady In The Van.

Maggie Smith in the West End production of The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith in the West End production of The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith will return to the role she immortalised on stage in 1999 as Miss Shepherd, alongside Alex Jennings – who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – playing Alan Bennett.

The movie will reunite the team behind The History Boys – Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the stage play of The Lady in the Van. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Nicholas Hytner will produce.

The Lady In The Van is based on Alan Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a homeless old woman who parked her dormobile in his drive and ended up staying for 15 years.

LONDON ROAD

Other films in BBC Films’ slate includes the movie adaptation of hit National Theatre musical London Road, directed by the National’s new incoming artistic director Rufus Norris. The film documents the events of 2006 when the quiet town of Ipswich was hit with the murder of five women, and stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson, Linzi Hateley, Nicola Sloane, Clare Burt and the entire cast of the National’s hit production. Filming has just completed on the movie, which will be the first film distributed by the National’s NT Live division.

PRIDE

Pride, which is directed by theatre director Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), and is set to open in the UK on 12 Setpember 2014. The film stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, and is a comedy inspired by the true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money to support the families of striking miners in 1984.

WEST END STARS

A number of other BBC Films include recent and forthcoming West End stars including:

  • Carey Mulligan (currently in rehearsals with Bill Nighy in David Hare’s Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre), in Far From The Madding Crowd adapted for the screen by David Nicholls
  • Kristin Scott Thomas  (playing Electra at the Old Vic this autumn) and Michelle Williams (currently starring in Cabaret on Broadway) in Suite Française, directed by Saul Dibb
  • Sir Ian McKellen starring as Sherlock Holmes and Hattie Morahan (star of recent West End and Broadway hit A Doll’s House) in Bill Condon’s A Slight Trick of The Mind
  • Bill – a film comedy about Shakespeare starring the cast of BBC TV’s Horrible Histories

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KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in Electra

April 24, 2014 

Hollywood star Kristin Scott Thomas returns to the West End in Sophocles’ epic Greek drama Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in ElectraKristin Scott Thomas was last seen on the London stage in 2013 starring in Ian Rickson’s revival of Harold Pinter’s play Old Times.

Kristin has also appeared as 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  The Invisible Woman, Before the Winter Chill, Only God Forgives, In the House, Looking for Hortense, Bel Ami, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, 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.

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 will play Electra in a new revival of the play directed by Ian Rickson at the Old Vic Theatre.

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Electra at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas

April 24, 2014 

Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Sophocles’ tragedy Electra at the Old Vic Theatre in the round.

Following their acclaimed partnership last year on the revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, director Ian Rickson reunites with actress Kristin Scott Thomas in this new production of Sophocles’ epic Greek tragedy Electra.

Adapted by Frank McGuinness, this classic drama about Electra and Orestes’ revenge on their father’s murderers, will be staged in the round at the Old Vic.

CAST

An all-star cast includes Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra, Olivier and Ian Charleson Award winner Jack Lowden as Orestes, EastEnders and Broadchurch actress Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and acclaimed TV and stage actress Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited) as Clytemnestra.

Other cast include Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight.

Old Vic announce new season

March 18, 2014 

The Old Vic theatre has announced its new Summer and Autumn 2014 season

Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow in a new Old Vic production

Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow in a new Old Vic production

Highlights of the Old Vic theatre’s new summer and autumn 2014 season have been announced. The theatre, which has been turned into an ‘in the round space’ for the season, include:

 

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra

In June 2014, Kevin Spacey will star in a one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the pioneering 19th century American lawyer, directed by Thea Sharrock. Spacey returns to the stage of the Old Vic, where he is Artistic Director, to celebrate his 10th anniversary at the theatre.

In July 2014, Yaël Farber (Mies Julie and Nirbhaya) directs Arthur Miller’s modern classic The Crucible.

And from October 2014, Sophocles’ Electra will be staged in a version by Frank McGuinness. The play will see director Ian Rickson reunited with with Kristin Scott Thomas.

These productions join current play Other Desert Cities, which is the first show to kick off the Old Vic in the round season. Other Desert Cities is directed by Lindsay Posner and stars Sinéad Cusack, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton.

Kevin Spacey said in a statement that he was “thrilled to be returning to The Old Vic stage, for the first time performing in the round, such an exciting transformation of our Old Vic space for actors and audiences alike. As I celebrate ten years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles. I am particularly pleased to be working with Thea Sharrock, one of the most exciting directors of her generation. With Other Desert Cities about to open and this new raft of productions announced to follow this is a diverse programme of classic and new work which we are very proud to present to theatre goers, as we close our tenth season of work and open our eleventh season this September. To present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is an honour and I am delighted to be joining forces with Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas and our longtime co-producer Sonia Friedman to come together with Electra. I know our audience will be excited by this programme and I can’t wait to be back on stage myself.”

SHOW DETAILS

Clarence Darrow by David W Rintels
Starring Kevin Spacey, directed by Thea Sharrock
Previews from 28 May 2014

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Directed by Yaël Farber
Previews from 24 June 2014

Electra by Sophocles
In a version by Frank McGuinness
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Ian Rickson
Previews from 20 September 2014

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Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas

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.

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Evening Standard Theatre Award winners announced

November 21, 2011 

The 57th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced last night at a glittering ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Best Actress winner Sheridan Smith as Doris in Flare Path

Best Actress winner Sheridan Smith as Doris in Flare Path

Sheridan Smith, who played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and is rumoured to be starring in the new Bridget Jones musical, took home the Best Actress award for her performance in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. She beat actresses including Kristin Scott Thomas and Samantha Spiro for the award, although Scott Thomas did not go home empty handed, winning the Lebedev Special Award for her contribution to theatre.

The Best Actor gong was awarded jointly to the stars of Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, in which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller shared the roles of the scientist and the creature.

In a successful night for the National Theatre, the Best Director award went to movie veteran Mike Leigh, winning his very his first theatre directing award for his play Grief at the National.

The National also saw the Best Play award go to Richard Bean for his National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre before heading to Broadway, along with recognition of his new play The Heretic at the Royal Court.

Other awards went to out-goiong Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage, who won the editor’s award. This Spring Grandage will open a Broadway revival of his London production of Evita, starring Elena Roger and Ricky Martin.

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011 – Winners

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011 – Shortlist

Betrayal starring Kristin Scott-Thomas – Round-up of Reviews

June 17, 2011 

A round-up of reviews of Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.

Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ben Miles in Betrayal

Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ben Miles in Betrayal

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.

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