Kristen Scott Thomas in Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Actress Alternates with Lia Williams and Performs Alongside Rufus Sewell in Harold Pinter’s 1971 Play
Today is has been revealed that the Harold Pinter Theatre will soon be the home of the play written by its namesake. “Old Times” is set to appear with actress Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams alternating between two roles (à la last year’s “Frankenstein”). The two will star alongside Rufus Sewell whilst Ian Rickson takes on the role of directing.
The title “Old Times” refers to the reminiscing carried out by the lead characters in Harold Pinter’s play. They are Kate and Anna (the two roles that will be played by alternating Scott Thomas and Williams), plus Deeley. Together they look back at their time spent together in London, but these memories are contrasting and conflicting, with various tensions and surprises waiting for them as they take the trip down memory lane.
Pinter penned the play in the 1970s and it premiered in the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in 1971, before appearing various theatres around the world in the intervening decades. Contemporary productions have been staged on the other side of the Atlantic, with a production in Washington DC staged by the Shakespeare Theatre Company among the most recent.
Kristen Scott Thomas is an actress that needs little introduction, having made name for himself in both English and French language films, television shows and plays. She is known for the likes of “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “The English Patient” and “Betrayal” at the Harold Pinter Theatre on this side of the Channel, as well as “Tell No One” and “A Little Night Music” at the Théâtre du Châtelet in France. Her career has been ongoing since the 1980s and she has been the recipient of numerous awards.
The Harold Pinter Theatre, which was known as the Comedy Theatre until 2011, is currently the home of “A Chorus of Disapproval” until January, with Rob Brydon and “musicals/shrek-the-musical-tickets.aspx">Shrek The Musical” star Nigel Harman in lead roles. “Old Times” is set to follow it with a run beginning on Thursday 31st January 2013 (with previews from Saturday 12th January 2013) and continuing to Saturday 6th April 2013.