Preview by Jack Foley
ACCLAIMED British actor, Jeremy Northam, will return to the London
stage for the Donmar Warehouses new production of
Harold Pinters 1971 memory play, Old Times - a revival
which forms part of the theatre's Summer season.
The Pinter classic will find Northam playing husband to Gina
McKee's wife, as they are visited in their converted farmhouse
by an old college roommate, whose presence sparks off a battle
of wits, in which memories are used as weapons.
Northam has enjoyed a successful career in film on both sides
of the Atlantic, starring in acclaimed films such as Gosford
Park, An Ideal Husband, Amistad, Enigma
and The Net (in which he played the villain alongside Sandra Bullock).
His most recent film, the ingenious sci-fi thriller, Cypher,
was an IndieLondon favourite of last year.
His stage credits include roles for the National and the Royal
Shakespeare Company, such as The Shaughraun, Hamlet, and
Gift of the Gorgon.
McKee, meanwhile, has been seen on screen in the likes of The
Forsyte Saga, Notting Hill, Our Friends in the North, and Wonderland.
Old Times will be directed by Roger Michell, whose recent
stage productions include Blue/Orange, and it opens at the Donmar
on July 7 until September 4.
It will be followed by a new version of Euripides' Hecuba,
by Frank McGuinness, from September 14 to November 13, which stars
Clare Higgins in the title role.
Higgins scored a hat trick of best actress honours at the Evening
Standard, Critics Circle and Olivier awards for her performance
in 2002s Vincent in Brixton, which subsequently transferred
to Broadway, and she will play the tragic title character, who
sees her daughter sacrificed, only to be destroyed herself, later.
The production will be directed by Jonathan Kent, former Almeida
joint artistic director.
Hecuba will lead the Donmar into its Autumn season, when, from
November 29, to February 12, 2005, Donmar artistic director, Michael
Grandage's revival of Grand Hotel will play.