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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:

  • Kevin Spacey in one-man play Clarence Darrow directed by Thea Sharrock to celebrate his 10 years at the Old Vic
  • Yaёl Farber directs Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
  • Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra

 

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.

LINKS

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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SPECIAL OFFER: Book tickets to Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in Betrayal

June 6, 2011 

Hollywood star Kristin Scott Thomas returns to the West End in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in BetrayalKristin 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.

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Rehearsal Photos: Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas

May 28, 2011 

Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal has started previewing at the Comedy Theatre in London.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the play stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.

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.

LINKS

Betrayal cast information and news

Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas – Special Offer Save £12.50 on tickets

May 26, 2011 

Save £12.50 on tickets to see Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Comedy Theatre in London

Offer valid Friday matinees at 5.30pm

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in Betrayal

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in Betrayal

An all-star production of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal comes to London’s Comedy Theatre this month.

Directed by Ian Rickson, the play stars Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas, plus theatre and TV stars Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles. Betrayal runs from 27 May until 20 August 2011.

Set over a period of nine years, the play charts the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire, exploring how our loves and our losses echo and accumulate through time.

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, who also produces this production of Betrayal.

Enjoy a special offer on the Friday early evening shows of Betrayal, which promises to be a truly thrilling night at the theatre.

LINKS

SPECIAL OFFER: Save £12.50 on tickets to see Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Comedy Theatre in London

Offer valid Friday matinees at 5.30pm

First Look Photos: Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas

May 13, 2011 

Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opens at the Comedy Theatre on 27 May 2011, with an press night on 16 June.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the play stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.

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.

LINKS

Betrayal cast information and news

BEN MILES in Betrayal

April 26, 2011 

Coupling star Ben Miles joins Kristin Scott Thomas in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

BEN MILES in BetrayalBen Miles was last on stage playing the Duke in Michael Attenborough’s production of Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre.

Previously his theatre credits included Tom in Matthew Warchus’ multi award-winning production of The Norman Conquests both at the Old Vic and on Broadway, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, My Child for the Royal Court, Bolingbroke in Richard II for the Old Vic, The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds and Mary Stuart for the National Theatre and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ben’s TV work includes leading roles in Coupling, Lark Rise to Candleford, Freezing and Sex, The City and Me all for the BBC, as well as roles in Cold Feet, Prime Suspect, Hustle, Sea of Souls and Trial and Retribution. His film credits include Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Affair of the Necklace and The Wings of a Dove.

Ben Miles joins Kristin Scott Thomas and Douglas Henshall 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.

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DOUGLAS HENSHALL in Betrayal

April 26, 2011 

Primeval’s Douglas Henshall joins Kristin Scott Thomas in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

DOUGLAS HENSHALL in BetrayalDouglas Henshall was last on stage playing Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida Theatre.

His other theatre credits include The Cryptogram for the Donmar Warehouse, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, The Crucible for Sheffield Theatres, The Coast of Utopia for the National Theatre and American Buffalo for the Young Vic.

On TV Douglas is best known for playing Nick Cutter in the long running ITV series Primeval. His other television credits include Joe Astell in South Riding, Jim in The Silence and Conan Doyle in The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle, all for the BBC, Alex Gansa in Lewis and D.I. John Tolin in Collision, both for ITV and Daniel Nash in Psychos for Channel 4. His many film credits include Dorian Gray, French Film, Flying Lessons, Dead Long Enough, Ripley Underground, It’s all About Love, The Lawless Heart, This Year’s Love, If Only, Fast Food, The Big Man and Angels and Insects in which he starred alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.

Douglas Henshall joins Kristin Scott Thomas 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.

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