10 WEEKS ONLY FROM 17 OCTOBER
HAROLD PINTER THEATRE
Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James star in Penelope Skinner’s searingly funny and passionate new play, directed by Ian Rickson.
Elaine (Kristin Scott Thomas), a reclusive and talented actress, disappears in mysterious circumstances. 30 years later, she finally feels ready to tell her story – summoning Kate, a young film executive (Lily James), to her remote Cornish home to assist with her glorious comeback.
But who really controls the stories we tell, and how we get to tell them? Will these women own their narrative, or will it be swept away from them at any given moment?
A story for our times, playing for a strictly limited season from 17 October – 23 December at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
ElaineDame Kristin Scott Thomas is the recipient of a BAFTA Award, four Evening Standard British Film Awards, two London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her film work, cementing her place in cinema history. A bilingual actress equally at home playing French and English-language roles, she received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her starring role opposite Ralph Fiennes in Anthony Minghella’s Best Picture Academy Award-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT.
With her fellow actors from Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK, Kristin shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The cast was also honoured with the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, and the movie was a Best Picture Academy Award nominee, winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Julian Fellowes).
Her breakout role was in another Best Picture Oscar-nominated classic comedy, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Mike Newell, which brought her BAFTA and Evening Standard British Film Awards. Among her screen credits are Sam Taylor-Johnson’s NOWHERE BOY, for which she was BAFTA and BIFA (British Independent Film Award) nominated; Sydney Pollack’s RANDOM HEARTS; THE HORSE WHISPERER, starring opposite director Robert Redford; Brian De Palma’s MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE; Irwin Winkler’s LIFE AS A HOUSE, opposite Kevin Kline; Philip and Belinda Haas’ ANGELS AND INSECTS, for which Kristin won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress; UP AT THE VILLA; Richard Loncraine’s RICHARD III; Roman Polanski’s BITTER MOON; Guillaume Canet’s hit TELL NO ONE; and Charles Sturridge’s A HANDFUL OF DUST, for which she received her first Evening Standard British Film Award.
She received her fourth Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Catherine Corsini’s PARTIR, which also brought her a César Award nomination for Best Actress. She was previously a César nominee for Philippe Claudel’s IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME for which she was again a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee.
Kristin took on the iconic character of ‘Mrs Danvers’ in the 2020 Netflix and Working Title adaptation of REBECCA. Prior to this, she was seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Alan Bennett’s hugely popular monologue series TALKING HEADS. In the same year, she appeared in Peter Cattaneo’s MILITARY WIVES with Sharon Horgan. Other film credits include THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, starring with director Ralph Fiennes; Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES; François Ozon’s IN THE HOUSE; Israel Horovitz’s MY OLD LADY; Sally Potter’s THE PARTY, Academy Award nominated film DARKEST HOUR, receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for her performance; Roar Uthuag’s TOMB RAIDER and Ludovic Bernard’s French comedy AU BOUT DES DOIGHTS.
Her extensive theatre credits include Peter Morgan’s THE AUDIENCE; Ian Rickson’s production of ELECTRA at the Old Vic, which followed her appearances in Mr. Rickson’s West End productions of OLD TIMES and BETRAYAL and his acclaimed Royal Court staging of THE SEAGULL. For her portrayal of Arkadina in The Seagull, she received the Olivier Award for Best Actress, and reprised the role on Broadway. Kristin’s other stage work includes starring in West End productions of AS YOU DESIRE ME and THREE SISTERS; and starring in a production of Racine’s BERENICE that toured France.
Her television credits include the UK miniseries BODY & SOUL, directed by Moira Armstrong; and Jack Gold’s telefilm version of THE TENTH MAN, in which she starred alongside Sirs Anthony Hopkins and Derek Jacobi. Kristin also appeared in the second series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s multiple Emmy winning FLEABAG and received an Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series for her role as ‘Belinda’.
Last year saw Kristin in the second series of the highly popular Apple TV+ series SLOW HORSES, reuniting with Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden. She will reprise her role as ‘Diana Taverner’ in the third series. Kristin recently completed work on her directorial debut, a feature that she also co-wrote. She additionally co-stars alongside Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, and Emily Beecham.
KateSince graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, Lily James has captivated audiences worldwide with her performances on stage, film and television.
Last year, Lily starred in the leading role of ‘Pamela Anderson’ in Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. In 2015, Lily’s breakthrough role came as ‘Cinderella’ in Disney’s Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh. Her other major credits include: Joe Wright’s The Darkest Hour alongside Gary Oldman; Danny Boyle’s Yesterday; Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey; War & Peace directed by Tom Harper; The Dig opposite Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan and Working Title’s Rebecca directed by Ben Wheatley. Lily also played starring roles in Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society directed by Mike Newell as well as Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Pride, Prejudice & Zombies directed by Burr Steers. In 2018, Lily led the cast of the summer hit, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! alongside Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried.
In 2016, Lily starred on stage as the role of ‘Juliet’ in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre. Her other credits on stage include: Rufus Norris’ Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; Othello at the Sheffield Crucible and The Seagull at the Southwark Playhouse. She returned to the stage in the 2019 in Ivo van Hove’s West End production of All About Eve, opposite Gillian Anderson.
In 2021, Lily played the lead in Amazon and BBC’S The Pursuit of Love, written and directed by Emily Mortimer. Lily has most recently been seen opposite Emma Thompson in the role of ‘Zoe’ in What’s Love Got to Do with It directed by Shekhar Kapur.
Later this year, we will see the releases of Finalmente L’alba with Willem Dafoe, Relay opposite Riz Ahmed and A24’S Iron Claw.
GregTheatre includes: Jack Absolute Flies Again (National Theatre); White Noise (Bridge Theatre); King Lear (Duke of York’s); Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Antony & Cleopatra, Two Noble Kinsmen, The 7 Acts of Mercy, Wendy & Peter Pan, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Shakespeare Birthday (RSC); Monologue Slam UK (Triforce); Hay Fever (Kay & Mclean Australia) and Hay Fever and The Big Meal (Bath Theatre Royal).
Television includes: My Lady Jane; Grace; C.B Strike; This England; This Is Going to Hurt; Manhunt; Temple and The Tempest.
Film includes: This Nan’s Life and School’s Out Forever.
SueTheatre includes: Bitter Wheat (Garrick); Twelfth Night (National); Loot (Tricycle); The Government Inspector (Young Vic); The Queen and I (Royal Court/Leicester Haymarket); Jumpy (Royal Court/Duke of York’s); Mother Courage (National).
Film includes: Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (BFI London Film Festival/BBC).
Television includes: Smack the Pony (Channel 4 – Emmy nominated); Beast (BBC); Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (BBC); Toast of London (Channel 4); Plebs (ITV – BAFTA nominated); Two Doors Down (BBC); Toast of Tinseltown (BBC); The Duchess (Netflix); Flack (POP TV); Pure (Channel 4); Good Omens (Amazon).
ChrisTheatre credits include: The Seagull (Jamie Lloyd Company), The Madness of King George (Nottingham Playhouse), La Peste, Richard III (Arcola Theatre), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Disgraced (Bush Theatre), Some Girls (Gielgud Theatre), Macbeth (Almeida Theatre), Stuff Happens, The Villain’s Opera, Honk (National Theatre), World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield/Donmar Warehouse) Racing Demon, Absence of War (Birmingham Rep) and The Duchess of Malfi (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Television credits include: The Killing Kind, The Hunted, Vera, The House Across the Street, Doctor Who, Murder in Provence, Ghosts, Death in Paradise, Unforgotten 3, Silent Witness, Little Boy Blue, Damned, Midsomer Murders, DCI Banks, Holby Blue, Family Man, Ice Cream Girls, Whisteblowers and Law & Order.
Film credits include: Last Christmas, Denial, My Zinc Bed and The Golden Years.
Understudy Chris and Sue
Understudy Chris and SueTraining: Guildhall School of Speech and Drama
Theatre credits include: Romeo And Juliet, Little Women (Storyhouse Theatre, Chester); The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre); The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (James Seabright Prods); The Suicide (Storyhouse); Beauty And The Beast (Theatre By The Lake); Thoroughly Modern Millie (No. 1 Tour); Just To Get Married (Finborough Theatre); Babe The Sheep Pig (Polka Theatre/No. 1 Tour); Shutters (Park Theatre); Snakes and Ladders (Arcola Theatre, UK Tour); Treasure Island, The Borrowers, Tiger Tail, A Christmas Carol, Wind In The Willows (Nuffield Theatre Southampton); Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Shakespeare Festival); Funny Girl (Revolution Theatre NY); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum); Animal Farm, Measure For Measure, Pied Piper (National Theatre); Comedy Of Errors (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Destry Rides Again (Donmar Warehouse – Olivier nominee for Best Supporting Actress); Little Shop Of Horrors (Comedy Theatre); The Crucible (Leicester Haymarket); Showboat (West End).
Television and Film credits include: Eastenders (BBC); Trollied (Sky); Madam Manhattan; Casualty (BBC); Killer Net (C4); The Bill (ITV); Us Girls (BBC).
Understudy KateTraining: The University of Birmingham and East 15 Acting School (named “Critic’s Choice” in The Stage). Theatre credits include: The Mousetrap (Vienna English Theatre); Orlando by Virginia Woolf (Old Fire Station/Camden and Brighton Fringe); Macblair (Edinburgh Fringe/Kinds Head); Dexit (Comedy Store); The Beat Goes On (The Bunker); The Snow Queen Trail (Rose, Kingston); Old New Borrowed Blue (Orange Tree). Musical and Opera credits include: Wuthering Heights (Barons Court); The Boyfriend (Her Majesty’s); La Boheme (Soho, Olivier winner). Television credits include: Liasion (Apple TV); Night Lives. Film credits include: Sorority; Visitor; The Callback Queen. Voice over credits include: Baldur’s Gate 3 (Pit Stop).
Understudy ElaineTheatre credits include: No Villain, Chapter Two (West End); Vinegar Tom, Serious Money, The Spoils (PTP/NYC, Off-Broadway); Glorious!, The Odd Couple, Strangers on a Train (Frinton Summer Theatre); The Episode, 252AM (Vault Festival); The Werewolf of Washington Heights; Slowly; The Lost World of Malcom Ridge; The House of Bernarda Alba; Count Oederland (Off West-End); Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Manchester Library Theatre); Safety, The Episode (UK National tours); Far Away (PTP/NYC).
Film credits include: Phantom Warrior; When the Screaming Starts; Tom & Jerry; The Honourable Rebel.
Television credits include: The Nevers; The Crown; Coronation Street.
Radio and voiceover credits include: Dr. Who: The Year of Martha Jones; Believe It: Money; The Division:2; The Last Warrior.
Understudy GregTheatre credits include: Girl on the Train (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); A Streetcar Name Desire, Arms and The Man, Saturday Sunday Monday and A Chorus of Disapproval (Workhouse Theatre); The Apothecary (Soho Theatre).
Film credits include: Apartment 7A; Universe Apart; The Grey Room; Purgatory.
Television credits Include: The Crown; Autopsy: The Last Hours of Jerry Lewis; Aircrash Confidential; PREMature; Harry and Cosh.