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Rehearsal begin for ‘Lyonesse’


Rehearsal begin for ‘Lyonesse’

Rehearsal images show the behind the scenes planning of the world premiere of Lyonesse by Penelope Skinner, directed by Ian Rickson and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

This searingly funny and passionate new play stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James alongside James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan and Sara Powell.  It will run at Harold Pinter Theatre from October. £30 tickets will be available for every performance via the TodayTix Group’s Lottery Scheme.

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 (Lily James), a young film executive, 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?

Rehearsal images show the behind the scenes planning of the world premiere of Lyonesse by Penelope Skinner

Lyonesse is a powerful story for our times by Penelope Skinner, winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike, and whose other works for stage include Angry Alan, Meek, Linda, The Ruins of Civilisation, Fred’s Diner, Eigengrau and F*cked. For screen she has created and written, along with her sister Ginny Skinner, TV thriller The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies (Sister/BBC One).  Previously she was a writer on four seasons of Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and wrote the film How I Live Now.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James join forces for the first time on stage for Lyonesse after appearing together in the Oscar and BAFTA winning film Darkest Hour (Universal) and screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (Netflix).

Lyonesse, Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN, 17 October – 23 December 2023  

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