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Mojo extends run by two weeks

Casting news

DUE TO public demand, Ian Rickson’s critically acclaimed West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo has extended its run at the Harold Pinter Theatre by two weeks.

The production, which is playing to packed houses, will now complete its run on February 8, 2014 with its original cast – Brendan Coyle (as Mickey), Rupert Grint (Sweets), Tom Rhys Harries (Silver Johnny), Daniel Mays (Potts), Colin Morgan (Skinny) and Ben Whishaw (Baby). Christmas schedule below.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo, which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on November 13, 2013, following preview performances from October 26.

Joining the already announced Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays and Ben Whishaw are Colin Morgan and Tom Rhys Harries.

Set against the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene of 50s Soho, this savagely funny play delves into the sleazy underworld and power games of London’s most infamous district.

Brendan Coyle (Mickey) is best known on television for playing Bates, Lord Grantham’s valet, in ITV’s Downton Abbey. His other television credits also include Robert Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford, Reagan in The Raven, True Dare Kiss, Inspector George Gently and Sky1’s comedy series Starlings in which he played opposite Lesley Sharpe.

His stage credits include Buried Child (National Theatre), The Late Henry Moss (Almeida Theatre) and The Weir (Royal Court Theatre) for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role and the New York Critics’ Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Rupert Grint (Sweets), who is making his professional theatre debut in Mojo, has appeared on screen in the Harry Potter series of films (as Ron Weasley), The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Into the White, Wild Target, Cherrybomb, Driving Lessons and the upcoming CBGB (film); Super Clyde and Come Fly With Me (TV).

Daniel Mays (Potts) can currently been seen on stage in The Same Deep Water as Me at the Donmar Warehouse, where he has previously appeared in Trewlawny of the Wells and Moonlight. His other theatre credits include Hero, Scarborough, Motortown, The Winterling and Ladybird (Royal Court Theatre) and M.A.D. (Bush Theatre).

His screen credits include Byzantium, Made in Dagenham, Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Firm, Atonement, Vera Drake, All or Nothing and Rehab (film); Common, Mrs Biggs, Public Enemies, Outcasts, Plus One, The Street and Ashes to Ashes (TV).

Although Colin Morgan (Skinny) is best known on television for playing the title role in the BBC’s long running series, Merlin, his other television credits include Doctor Who and Elegy for April. His stage work includes Ariel in The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe), Our Private Life (Royal Court Theatre), All About My Mother (Old Vic) and the title role in Vernon God Little (Young Vic). He has also appeared in the films Parked and Island.

Ben Whishaw (Baby) has most recently been seen on stage in Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre. Previously he has appeared in The Pride (Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York), Cock (Royal Court Theatre), Some Trace of Her, The Seagull and His Dark Materials (National Theatre), Leaves of Glass (Soho Theatre), Mercury Fur (Paines Plough) and Hamlet (Old Vic).

His screen credits include Richard II, The Hour, All Signs of Death, Criminal Justice, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children (TV); In the Heart of the Sea, Lilting, For Viola and Piano, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (film).

Tom Rhys Harries’ (Silver Johnny) theatre credits include The History Boys (Sheffield Theatres) and Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory) as well as a National Film and Television School season at Soho Theatre. His screen credits are Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Hunky Dory (film); Parade’s End (TV).

Mojo is directed by Ian Rickson, whose West End credits include Harold Pinter’s Old Times and Betrayal, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. He has also directed Butterworth’s Mojo (the play’s world premiere at the Royal Court in 1995), The Night Heron, The Winterling, Parlour Song and The River. For the National Theatre, he directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still and for the Young Vic, Hamlet with Michael Sheen.

Rickson was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998 – 2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape, which he also directed for BBC 4; Fallout, which he also directed as a film for Channel 4; and Mojo and The Weir, both of which transferred to the West End with The Weir also transferring to Broadway.

Mojo was Jez Butterworth’s first play for the Royal Court where he returned with The Night Heron, The Winterling, Jerusalem and The River. In 2009, Parlour Song received its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre. His films – Mojo starring Harold Pinter and Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman – were both shown at the Venice Film Festival prior to general release, while 2010 saw the international release of his feature film, Fair Game, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. In 2007, Butterworth received the E.M. Forster Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions who also produced Butterworth and Rickson’s internationally-acclaimed Jerusalem, Mojo is designed by Ultz, with lighting by Charles Balfour, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Simon Baker.

Mojo is booking at the Harold Pinter Theatre until January 25, 2014.

Tickets (now on sale): £10 – £50 until November 16, 2013; then £10 – £55. All prices include a £1.50 restoration levy. There will be a number of front row stalls seats available as day seats at £10 for every performance, released for sale at the Box Office on day of performance, in person at 10am.

For more information visit www.mojotheplay.com/.

Christmas Schedule

Monday, December 23 at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 24 at 2.30pm.
Wednesday, December 25 – no performance.
Thursday, December 26 – no performance.
Friday, December 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 28 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Monday, December 30 at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 31 at 7.30pm.
Wednesday, January 1 at 7.30pm.
Thursday, January 2 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, January 3 at 7.30pm.
Saturday, January 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.