Kristin Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell and Lia Williams starred in Harold Pinter’s Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013. It was directed by Ian Rickson who worked with KST when she was last in the West End.
It’s a “memory” play. Locked away in a secluded farmhouse, newly weds, Kate and Deeley, await the arrival of Kate’s friend Anna with whom they reminisce about their early days together in London, but with each character remembering events very differently and the quickly evident underlying sexual tensions, the past suddenly becomes vividly present.
The added theatricality in this production is that star of stage and screen, Kristin Scott Thomas, will play both Kate and Anna, alternating the roles with Lia Williams (Skylight, The Homecoming) each night.
A “creatively exciting” idea, claims Rickson, which underlines the “very strong connection between Anna and Kate” in the piece. Reading about the play (I missed it when the Royal Shakespeare Company brought it to the Aldwych Theatre – I was only 6!) I understand that there is an argument for seeing the two women as different aspects of the same person.
Anyway the word is out that with all that with all that sexual tension, guests on Old Times theatre breaks will be discussing the play all the way back to their hotel – of course if you have booked the Radisson Edwardian Hampshire or Leicester Square hotels then it will be a very short discussion indeed.
I just hope that Rufus Sewell keeps up with their comings and goings!