All the omens are good for the premiere of Penelope Skinner’s Lynonesse, about a reclusive actor plotting her comeback. Why else would Sonia Friedman be producing or Jerusalem director Ian Rickson be at the helm? It’s attracted real star fire power too, with Kristin Scott Thomas as the actress who disappeared from public life 30 years ago and now wants to tell her story, and Lily James as the film executive summoned to hear it. Don’t underestimate James; she was the most captivating Nina in Anya Reiss's version of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse back in 2012. It's good too to see Skinner, the quirkiest of writers, whose The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies is currently on BBC iPlayer, getting a crack at the West End with this flipped revenge tragedy about mothers, magic, and creativity.
Elaine (Kristin Scott Thomas; Electra, Darkest Hour) a reclusive and talented actress, disappears in mysterious circumstances. 30 years later, she finally feels ready to tell her story – summoning Kate, a young film executive (Lily James; All About Eve, Pam & Tommy), 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? Directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, Uncle Vanya), this story for our times written by award winner Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike, Fresh Meat) is playing for a strictly limited 10-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Age recommendation: 14+ Warnings: Themes of trauma, and strong language Please note: The production is not able to guarantee the appearance of any specific actor due to illness or unforeseen circumstances