Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Lyonesse in London's West End? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Lyonesse in London's West End?

Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas co-star in the world premiere from playwright Penelope Skinner.

Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas in Lyonesse Manuel Harlan

Olivier winner Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, The Seagull) and Lily James (All About Eve, Pam & Tommy) have reunited onstage in London's West End, co-starring in Lyonesse after appearing alongside eachother in the Oscar-nominated film Darkest Hour. The play, from the pen of Penelope Skinner, officially opened in London October 25, and the reviews are in.

Directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, Uncle Vanya), the production is set to play the Harold Pinter Theatre through December 23. Previews began October 17.

Thomas and James are joined by James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan, and Sara Powell.

Lyonesse follows Elaine (Thomas), a reclusive actor who disappears in mysterious circumstances; 30 years later, she feels ready to tell her story—summoning Kate, a young film executive (James), to her remote Cornish home to assist with her comeback.

Read the reviews below.

Daily Mail (Patrick Marmion)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The Independent (Alice Saville)

iNews (Fiona Mountford)*

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

The New York Times (Matt Wolf)*

The Stage (Dave Fargnoli)*

The Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Telegraph (Serena Davies)

Theatre Weekly (Greg Stewart)

Time Out London (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Times (Clive Davis)*

WhatsOnStage (Sarah Crompton)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Playwright Skinner, winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike, is also the author of Angry Alan, Meek, Linda, The Ruins of Civilisation, Fred’s Diner, Eigengrau, and F*cked.

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

Sonia Friedman Productions produces.


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