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Jeremy Northam heads for the Donmar



Preview by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED British actor, Jeremy Northam, will return to the London stage for the Donmar Warehouse’s new production of Harold Pinter’s 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 2002’s 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.

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