Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle and Ben Whishaw to Star in West End Revival of Jez Butterworth's Mojo

News   Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle and Ben Whishaw to Star in West End Revival of Jez Butterworth's Mojo Rupert Grint (best known for playing Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series), Brendan Coyle (valet John Bates in "Downton Abbey"), Ben Whishaw (last seen onstage opposite Judi Dench in Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward) and Daniel Mays are to star in a new West End production of Jez Butterworth's debut play Mojo.

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It will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre Oct. 26 under the direction of Ian Rickson, who also directed the play's original production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1995. Rickson also directed the first productions of Butterworth's subsequent plays The Night Heron, The Winterling and The River (all also at the Royal Court), Parlour Song (at the Almeida) and Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End and Broadway).

It is appropriate that the play will run at the Pinter Theatre, as the late playwright is an acknowledged inspiration of Butterworth's, and Pinter also made an appearance in Butterworth's own 1997 film adaptation of Mojo.

Mojo, which won the Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard and George Devine Awards, is a black comedy set in late 1950s Soho, where "a would-be rock 'n' roll star 'Silver Johnny' is on the road to fame and fortune, but has problems with his jealous manager Ezra who owns the Atlantic Club, and is determined to protect him for the advances of a local gangster Sam Ross. But then Ezra is discovered sawn in half in separate dustins, and Ross intends to take over the Atlantic Club."

The production will be designed by Ultz, who also designed Jerusalem. It is being produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Tickets will be released for general sale in September. Preview tickets are now on sale to the priority mailing list. To sign up, visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/mojo/harold-pinter-theatre. For further details, visit www.mojotheplay.com.

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