The Harold Pinter Theatre gears up to welcome a show penned by its namesake in the 1970s this January as Kristen Scott Thomas stars in “Old Times” alongside Lia Williams. The play will also star Rufus Sewell, whilst Ian Rickson is set to direct. All in all it is a show that should prove to be a high profile event for those wishing to pick up theatre tickets, where many tops names have appeared over the years alongside many shows penned by one of the country’s most celebrated playwrights.
Like 2011’s production of “Frankenstein” by Danny Boyle, which appeared at the Olivier National Theatre, “Old Times” will see two performers alternating between two roles. Instead of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller swapping between Dr Frankenstein and his monster night after night, it will by Kristen Scott Thomas and Lia Williams swapping between the lead roles of Kate and Anna (with Sewell playing Deeley).
The plot focuses on these mentioned characters as they meet up and look back at the old times that they used to share in London. Together they reminisce but it soon becomes clear that their memories differ, with contrasts and conflicts giving rise to tensions and surprises as they take this trip down memory lane. It seems that sometimes the past is what you have convinced yourself that you remember.
As mentioned, Pinter penned the play in the 1970s and it premiered in front of audiences at the Aldwych Theatre in 1971 before appearing on stages around the world. These international performances include its Broadway premiere in 1971, as well as performances across the United States, the UK, and in Sydney. It has also returned to London for a performance at the Donmar Warehouse in 2004, which saw Helen McCory appear as one of the cast members.
“Old Times” is set to make its way to the Harold Pinter Theatre – formerly the Comedy Theatre until 2011 – in January and it follows up “A Chorus of Disapproval”, which has its own well known stars in Rob Brydon and Nigel Harman in lead roles. The Harold Pinter classic runs at the venue from Thursday 31st January 2013 (with previews from Saturday 12th January 2013).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 12th January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 6th April 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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