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Old Times - Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams and Rufus Sewell star

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT YEAR, Ian Rickson will direct Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams and Rufus Sewell in Harold Pinter’s Old Times.

Described as a seductive and compelling drama, it runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy Theatre) from January 12 to April 6, 2013.

Old Times will be the first Pinter play to be staged at the venue since it was renamed in honour of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright last year.

Locked away in a secluded farmhouse, Kate, her husband Deeley (Sewell) and her old college roommate Anna, reminisce about their early days together in London. However, with conflicting memories and underlying sexual tensions, the past suddenly feels vividly present.

Playing both Kate and Anna, Scott Thomas will alternate the roles with award-winning actress Lia Williams.

Kristin Scott Thomas previously appeared at the Harold Pinter Theatre (then the Comedy Theatre) in Pinter’s Betrayal, which was also directed by Ian Rickson. Her other theatre credits include Rickson’s celebrated production of The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre) for which she won the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress. It was a role she reprised the following year on Broadway.

Her other theatre work includes Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters both for the Playhouse Theatre in London.

Rufus Sewell was last in the West End in 2006 when he won an Olivier Award for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre). His other theatre credits include The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Luther, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice in which he played Darcy.

He is also well known for his many film and TV roles – in Tristan and Isolde, The Legend of Zorro and A Knight’s Tale (film); and The Taming of the Shrew, Charles II: The Power and the Passion and Zen (TV).

Lia Williams’ theatre credits include The Hothouse, Mappa Mundi, Skylight and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Mike Bartlett’s My Child (Royal Court Theatre) and The Lady from the Sea (Arcola Theatre). On television she has appeared in May 33rd, The Lives of Animals, The Russian Bride and Bad Blood.

Ian Rickson’s other recent credits include Jez Butterworth’s internationally acclaimed Jerusalem, starring Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance.