Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James star in Penelope Skinner’s searingly funny and passionate new play, directed by Ian Rickson.
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, a young film executive (Lily James), 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?
A story for our times, playing for a strictly limited season from 17 Oct – 23 Dec at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
- Booking Information
Warnings: Themes of trauma, and strong language
The production is not able to guarantee the appearance of any specific actor due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.
Panton St, West End, London SW1Y 4DN
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Captioned - 18th November 2.30pm
Audio-Described - 30th November, 7.30pm
BSL performance 11th November 2.30pm.
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No exchanges or refunds after purchase.
- Suitable For Children
14 years +
Dec 16, 2023
Amazing actors i was bored in quite a few places for lengthy times. My husband fell asleep. I would not recommend sadly.
Dec 15, 2023
Both KST and Lily James put in great performances, the latter especially so. This is a thought provoking play about bullying and control. But what a pity the plot didn't provide a more thought provoking ending.
Dec 14, 2023
It was very enjoyable. Having read mixed reviews, we were a little worried but the play was excellent and the acting absolutely fabulous. Kristen Scott-Thomas is quirky but utterly brilliant in the role as were all the other actors. And don't believe the reviews about subject matter being a bit depressing, it was bordering on "Me Too" but not too much so.
Dec 1, 2023
Great performances and a really great script. Loved it.
Nov 17, 2023
Loved it! First half better than second. Great acting by lily james and Kristen Scot Thomas. Was surprised I enjoyed the performance so much after pretty terrible reviews. So identified with lily james character!
Nov 11, 2023
Nov 10, 2023
The play was challenging and thought provoking yet had many humourous moments. All the cast members were excellent. After having booked my ticket I read an escoriating review of the play and of the playwright penned by Clive Davis of the Times so was prepared for disappointment. Disappointment there was none. I and my neighbours thought the criticism totally unwarranted. A very rewarding, entertaining afternoon at the Theatre.
Nov 10, 2023
The Telegraph review got this right ‘- ‘Even the A-List actors couldn’t save this Dud”. We enjoyed seeing the actors but the plot was a jumble of wedge issues resolved by the simplest of one liners or subplots. None of these made sense because the play itself hadn’t been crafted to tell a coherent narrative so you were left thinking this would never have happened. We felt that none of the characters would have existed or did what they did, in reality, they chose to enact unrealistic behaviour to suit the messages. Simplicity is the lowest form of wit.
Nov 8, 2023
This play explores the concept of dominance. Whether it’s the husband dominating the wife and her career choice or the female boss controlling her employee or the main protagonist trying to control and dominate her interviewer. Excellent performances and a lot to think about
Alain David Gherson
Nov 3, 2023
Everything about this play is excellent. The acting is wonderful and each player has some choice lines. Very difficult to find fault with this and so if you are lucky enough to have a ticket I am sure you will enjoy it. If not try and get one you will not be dissapointed.
Oct 21, 2023
Really amazing acting from Kristin Scott Thomas, Sarah Powell and Lily James. Very interesting characters and the theme of the play. The centre part of it being women issues. The script and the direction was a bit disappointing.
Oct 21, 2023
We lived our evening watching this wonderful play.
Oct 18, 2023
I thought the play was a good company piece for the film Last night in Soho that I saw last week exploring how women were treated as objects in the not so distant past, to tell the truth I thought it was about half an hour to long and didn't know how to end, apart from that the two stars shone and were supported by a very good supporting cast.