Early Closure for Death and the Maiden
Ariel Dorfman’s Play, Starring Thandie Newton, Set to Close at the End of December 2011
Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden” was announced earlier in the year and had plenty going for it thanks to its cast that includes Hollywood actress Thandie Newton, but despite its original intentions of running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until Saturday 21st January 2012 it will now close its doors on New Year’s Eve 2011. The show also features Tom Goodman-Hill and Anthony Calf and is directed by Jeremy Herrin.
“Death and the Maiden” was penned back in 1990 and was first staged in front of London theatre audiences at the Royal Court in 1991. It tells the story of a former political prisoner named Paulina Sala (Newton), who suffered at the hands of her captor and has been deeply affected by her experiences. When a new democracy emerges after a long period of dictatorship she meets who she believes was her captor (Anthony Calf) – though she never saw his face – and she must become judge and jury to the man that wronged her so. But first she must be certain that she has the right person.
Thandie Newton is a well known Hollywood actress who has appeared in various films over the years and these have seen her appear alongside some well known stars, from Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible II” to Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness”. Her other credits include “Run, Fatboy, Run”, “Crash”, “The Chronicles of Riddick” and “W”.
Meanwhile, Tom Goodman-Hill, who portrays Newton’s onstage husband Gerardo, is an English actor whose career has seen him appear in various films, television shows and stage productions. His credits include “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “The Devil’s Whore”, “Doctor Who” and theatre shows like “Spamalot” at the Palace Theatre, the latter of which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination.
It has not been revealed what will follow “Death and the Maiden” at the Harold Pinter Theatre, but the venue is regularly the home of star-studded shows, whether it is Keira Knightley in “The Misanthrope” and “The Children’s Hour” in recent years or David Hyde Pierce in “La Bȇte”. The venue was recently in the spotlight as it changed its name to the Harold Pinter Theatre after many years as the Comedy Theatre.
“Death and the Maiden” continues at the Harold Pinter Theatre and is now booking to Saturday 31st December 2011.