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.


Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton St, West End, London SW1Y 4DN

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Access Perfomances.

Captioned - 18th November 2.30pm

Audio-Described - 30th November, 7.30pm

BSL performance 11th November 2.30pm.

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.

Suitable For Children

14 years +


3.8(13 reviews)
  • G king

    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.

  • Judy MC

    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.

  • Claire

    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.

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