Full cast announced for premiere of Lyonesse in the West End with Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of new play Lyonesse by Penelope Skinner in the West End.

Directed by Ian Rickson, the show will run at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from 17 October – 23 December 2023. Tickets are on sale now here.

James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan and Sara Powell will join the previously announced Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James in this searingly funny and passionate new play.

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?

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Lyonesse will be designed by Georgia Lowe, with lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Tingying Dong and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

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

Writer Penelope Skinner said: “I was inspired to write Lyonesse after wondering what would happen if the dramatic action of a traditional revenge tragedy was flipped, so that the story instead became about the person upon whom revenge had been sworn. Themes of creativity, purpose, isolation, violence, magic and mothers rushed to join in with this central provocation, and the characters of the story came into being.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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