About Lyonesse

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 23 December 2023
No longer booking

★★★★ “Full of humour” – The Stage

Acclaimed actresses Kristin Scott Thomas (Slow Horses) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) return to the West End stage in new play Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

This sharply observed, passionate play for our times is written by George Devine Award winner Penelope Skinner, and directed by multi-Olivier Award winner Ian Rickson.

Lyonesse will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London from 17 October to 23 December 2023.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 23 December 2023
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Starring


What's the story of Lyonesse?

Elaine (Kristin Scott Thomas) a reclusive and talented actress, disappears in mysterious circumstances. 30 years later, she finally feels ready to tell her story – summoning Kate, a young film executive (Lily James), to her remote Cornish home to assist with her glorious comeback.

But who really controls the stories we tell, and how we get to tell them? Will these women own their narrative, or will it be swept away from them at any given moment?

Who is in the cast of Lyonesse?

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Elaine, and Lily James as Kate.

The cast also includes James Corrigan as Greg, Niky Wardley as Sue and Sara Powell as Chris.

Who are the creative team of Lyonesse?

Written by Penelope Skinner, and directed by Ian Rickson.

Design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Tingying Dong, with further creatives to be announced.


Reviews

★★★★ "Endearing performances from Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James provide a warm heart to this wistful comedy-drama" - The Stage
"It’s funny, bold, and engrossing, featuring a raft of brilliant performances" - What's On Stage
"Fascinating" - The Independent
"[Lily] James turns in a fine comic performance" - TimeOut

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Important Notes

Casting:

The production is not able to guarantee the appearance of any specific actor due to illness or unforeseen circumstances. Doon Mackichan was originally performing in the role of Sue, and the role is now played by Niky Wardley.

Content Warning:

Themes of trauma, and strong language


Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453
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News about Lyonesse

Lyonesse casting announced with Kristin Scott Thomas & Lily James joined by James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan, Sara Powell
Lyonesse casting announced with Kristin Scott Thomas & Lily James joined by James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan, Sara Powell
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced further casting for the world premiere production of Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Already announced are the play's leads, Kristin Scott Thomas as Elaine and Lily James as Kate, and they will be joined by James Corrigan as Greg, Doon Mackichan as Sue and Sara Powell as Chris. Billed as a searingly funny and passionate new play, Lyonesse will run in the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from 17 October to 23 December 2023. The play is written by Penelope Skinner and will be directed by Ian Rickson. James Corrigan’s recent stage credits include Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre and White Noise at the Bridge Theatre, and on TV his work includes C.B Strike, This England and This Is Going to Hurt. Doon Mackichan is best known for her roles in cult television shows such as Channel 4’s Smack the Pony, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Toast of Tinseltown and The Duchess, and a host of other screen and stage roles. Sara Powell’s recent stage credits include The Seagull for the Jamie Lloyd Company, and The Madness of King George at the Nottingham Playhouse. On screen her credits include The Hunted, Vera, The House Across the Street, Doctor Who, and Murder in Provence. Lyonesse starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James Lyonesse centres on Elaine (Kristin Scott Thomas), a reclusive and talented actress who disappears in mysterious circumstances. 30 years later, she finally feels ready to tell her story – summoning Kate (Lily James), a young film executive, to her remote Cornish home to assist with her glorious comeback. But who really controls the stories we tell, and how we get to tell them? Will these women own their narrative, or will it be swept away from them at any given moment? Joining Ian Rickson in the creative team are design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Tingying Dong and casting by Amy Ball CDG. Book tickets to Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London
Kristin Scott Thomas & Lily James confirmed for Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Kristin Scott Thomas & Lily James confirmed for Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Sonia Friedman Productions has confirmed that the world premiere of new Penelope Skinner play Lyonesse is coming to the West End this autumn 2023, starring Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra, Darkest Hour) and Lily James (All About Eve, Pam & Tommy). Directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, Uncle Vanya), this new play by George Devine Award winner Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike, Fresh Meat) will play the Harold Pinter Theatre from 17 October to 23 December 2023. The news was first rumoured earlier this month. Tickets go on sale this Thursday 29 June 2023 - sign-up to our email alerts to be notified when tickets go on sale this Thursday. In the play, Elaine (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a reclusive and talented actress who, disappears in mysterious circumstances. 30 years later, she finally feels ready to tell her story – summoning Kate, a young film executive (Lily James), to her remote Cornish home to assist with her glorious comeback. But who really controls the stories we tell, and how we get to tell them? Will these women own their narrative, or will it be swept away from them at any given moment? Lyonesse is billed as a powerful story for our times by Penelope Skinner, who won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike. Her other stage credits include Angry Alan, Meek, Linda, The Ruins of Civilisation, Fred’s Diner, Eigengrau and F*cked. On TV she wrote four seasons of Fresh Meat for Channel 4, upcoming TV triller The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies for BBC1, and the film How I Live Now. In Lyonesse, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James are joining forces on stage for the first time, after appearing together in the Oscar and BAFTA winning film Darkest Hour and the Netflix adaptation of Rebecca. The drama also reunites Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas, following their work together on The Seagull at the Royal Court and on Broadway, Electra at The Old Vic, and West End productions of Harold Pinter plays Betrayal and Old Times. The wider creative team for Lyonesse includes design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Tingying Dong. Writer Penelope Skinner said in a press statement: "I am thrilled to be working with Ian Rickson to bring this story to life, alongside such a remarkable cast and creative team. I’m a huge admirer of both Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James, and am so grateful for Sonia Friedman’s faith and vision in giving this new play a home in the West End. I was inspired to write Lyonesse after wondering what would happen if the dramatic action of a traditional revenge tragedy was flipped, so that the story instead became about the person upon whom revenge had been sworn. Themes of creativity, purpose, isolation, violence, magic and mothers rushed to join in with this central provocation, and the characters of the story came into being." Kristin Scott Thomas said: "Working with Ian is one of the great joys of my professional life. And a new play is such an adventure. Penelope Skinner’s writing had me gripped from the first page. I love the questions the story raises. Acting with Lily is starting to become a habit. Luckily it’s good for everyone!" Lily James said: "I am thrilled to be joining this wonderful company. I have always wanted to work with Ian Rickson. When I received Penelope Skinner’s brilliant play, I read it in one sitting and adored it – I was utterly gripped by these strong, original characters. To work with Sonia Friedman again is an absolute dream but most importantly, I am so happy to be reunited with my friend, Kristin Scott Thomas." Book tickets to Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

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