Olivier Award winner Kristin Scott Thomas and Tony Award nominee Lia Williams are set to join Rufus Sewell in the upcoming West End revival of Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES. In a decision reminiscent of Danny Boyle's FRANKENSTEIN, however, the actresses have each been cast as both Anna and Kate.
"Sometimes we might even toss a coin to decide who goes on playing what part," director Ian Rickson tells The Daily Mail. "Rufus also loves the idea, because it gives him lots of opportunity. There's a very strong connection between Anna and Kate and they do somehow share the same soul."
Thomas won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Arkadina. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in The English Patient, and has also been seen in memorable roles in such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park, Random Hearts, Life as a House, The Horse Whisperer and Angels and Insects, among many others. Films include The Other Boleyn Girl, The Walker and I've Loved You So Long, Easy Virtue and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Williams has appeared on Broadway in Skylight (National Theatre, West End, Broadway – Tony Nomination, Theatre World Award, Oliver Nom) and Arcadia. New York: The Homecoming, Celebration/The Room. West End: The Revenger’s Comedies (Olivier Nomination, Critics Circle Award), Daisy Pulls It Off, Absurd Person Singular, Oleanna. Other Theatre: Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse, Mappa Mundi (The National Theatre), Postcards From America and As You Like It (The Royal Shakespeare Company), Eccentricities Of A Nightingale (Gate Theatre Dublin – Best Actress Award) My Child, Oleanna, King Lear (The Royal Court), Lady From The Sea, God Of Carnage, Body Language.
OLD TIMES revolves around a married couple, Kate and Deeley, and Kate's former roommate Anna, who's coming to visit; it debuted in the West End in 1971, opened on Broadway in 1972 and played Off-Broadway in 1983 as well as at the Donmar Warehouse in 2004.