Royal Court’s 50th Season to Showcase Pinter, Scott Thomas and Churchill

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The second half of London’s Royal Court 50th anniversary season will feature some stellar casting with names including Kristen Scott Thomas, Harold Pinter, Mackenzie Crook, Kelly Reilly and Hollywood’s Alicia Witt.
Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter

At the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, starting Oct. 11, Nobel laureate Harold Pinter is to star in the Court’s revival of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Ian Rickson. Downstairs the mainstage is host to Terry Johnson’s (Hitchcock Blonde, Hysteria) new work Piano/Forte (from Sept. 14) for which the author will direct Reilly (Sexual Perversity in Chicago, After Miss Julie) and Witt, who was first seen in London in LaBute’s The Shape of Things.

Echoing the Court’s early seventies, collaboratively written Lay By and England’s Ireland, is a new work about identity fraud called Catch (from Dec. 1) by April de Angelis, Stella Feehily, Tanika Gupta, Chloe Moss and Laura Wade.

That’s followed by the premiere of Caryl Churchill’s (A Number, Far Away, Top Girls) highly anticipated Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, which opens Nov. 10. Royal Court associate director James Macdonald will helm the production, which is presented in association with New York’s Public Theater.

The season finishes with Ian Rickson’s final production for the court as artistic director with Chekhov’s The Seagull, from Jan. 18, 2007. Thomas makes her third appearance on the London stage when she takes on the role of Arkadina. Crook, best known in Britain from television’s “The Office” and internationally from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will play her angst-ridden son Konstantin.

The production features a translation by Christopher Hampton whose 2003 version of Three Sisters starred Thomas as Masha.

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