Mackenzie, Riley and Scott Join Season at London's Royal Court

News   Mackenzie, Riley and Scott Join Season at London's Royal Court Alastair Mackenzie, Charlotte Riley and Andrew Scott have joined the line-up of actors appearing in the next two Royal Court productions.

Mackenzie and Riley will join the previously announced Jessica Hynes and Rachael Stirling in the world premiere of Michael Wynne's The Priory, beginning performances Nov. 19 (prior to an official opening Nov. 26), for a run to Jan. 9, 2010, in the mainhouse Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Scott will join the previously announced Ben Whishaw in Mike Barlett's Cock, beginning performances in the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Nov. 13 (prior to an official opening Nov. 18), for a run through Dec. 19.

Mackenzie is best known for playing the lead role of Archie in the BBC series "Monarch of the Glen." Onstage, he has appeared in A Chain Play (Almeida) and The Gigli Concert (Riverside). Riley recently appeared as Catherine Earnshaw opposite Tom Hardy in ITV's "Wuthering Heights." She has also been seen as the lead in Sky's drama series "The Take," and appeared onstage in The Cherry Orchard at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Priory, in which they both appear, is described in press materials as a buoyant new comedy that takes a microscope to modern dilemmas abut life, love and retro board games. In the play, Kate is delighted when she finds a country retreat that ticks all the boxes. Gathering together a select group of her closest friends to celebrate New Year's Eve, she is keen to start 2010 afresh. But successful, stressed-out thirtysomethings in search of a good time in the sticks can make for one very fearsome party — and some surprising resolutions.

The play is directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Neil Austin, sound and music by Nick Powell and costume by Robert Innes Hopkins and Iona Kenrick.

Scott was last seen at the Royal Court in Christopher Shinn's Dying City. He has previously appeared at the Royal Court in A Girl in a Car with a Van, Playing the Victim, Crave and Dublin Carol. On Broadway, he appeared in the world premiere of David Hare's The Vertical Hour; other London credits include the Bush's production of Sea Wall and the National Theatre's production of Aristocrats. The Priory, in which he appears, is described in press materials as taking a playful, candid look at one man's sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realize you have a choice. When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out.

The play is directed by James Macdonald, with design by Miriam Buether and lighting by Peter Mumford.

To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7565 5000 or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.

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