Pearl Mackie, who currently stars in BBC’s Doctor Who as Bill Potts, will appear in the upcoming West End revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. She joins the previously announced Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones, and Stephen Mangan in the Ian Rickson-helmed production.
Performances will begin at the London venue named after the playwright himself January 9, 2018. The production will open officially January 18 and is currently scheduled to run through April 14.
Mackie will play Lulu, a friend of lodge owners Meg (Wanamaker) and Petey Boles. When mysterious strangers Goldberg (Mangan) and McCann arrive, the lives of the three—plus the boarding house’s only resident Webber (Jones) —are disrupted, and an innocent birthday party becomes a nightmare for all.
“I'm delighted to be back in the West End working with such a prolific director like Ian Rickson—and an incredible cast—on this rich, dark and enthralling play,” said Mackie in a statement. “I love how Pinter creates character and I feel very lucky to work on one of his best-known plays.”
She has also appeared on the U.K. stage in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Only Human, Hello Kind World, and The Crucible. In addition to Doctor Who, her screen credits include the 2013 comedy Svengali.
The production will feature sets and costumes by the Quay Brothers, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker, and original music from Stephen Warbeck. Casting is by Amy Ball. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.