London Theatre Reviews Mojo
Ian Rickson will direct Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays, Colin Morgan, Ben Whishaw and Tom Rhys Harries in a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo, reuniting director and writer who previously collaborated on the play’s world premiere at the Royal Court in 1995. Mojo will preview at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 26 October 2013 with press night on 13 November and is booking to 25 January 2014. Tickets for Mojo go on public sale today. Designs are by Ultz with lighting by Charles Balfour, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Simon Baker. Mojo is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions who also produced Butterworth and Rickson’s internationally-acclaimed Jerusalem.
Set against the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene of 50s Soho, this savagely funny play delves into the sleazy underworld and power games of London’s most infamous district.
Mojo was the recipient of the 1996 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy with Jez Butterworth winning the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright.
Brendan Coyle (Mickey) is best known on television for playing Bates, Lord Grantham’s valet, in ITV’s Downtown Abbey. His other television credits include Robert Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford, Reagan in The Raven, True Dare Kiss, Inspector George Gently and Sky1’s comedy series Starlings in which he played opposite Lesley Sharpe. For his performance in the Royal Court’s production of The Weir he won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role as well as the New York Critics’ Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. His other stage credits include Buried Child for the National Theatre and The Late Henry Moss for the Almeida.
Rupert Grint (Sweets) is making his professional theatre debut in Mojo. In addition to playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series of films, his screen credits include The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Into the White, Wild Target, Cherrybomb and Driving Lessons as well as the upcoming CBGB. Grint’s television credits include Super Clyde and Come Fly With Me.
Daniel Mays (Potts) can currently been seen on stage in The Same Deep Water as Me at the Donmar Warehouse where he has previously been seen in Trewlawny of the ‘Wells’ and Moonlight. His other theatre credits include Hero, Scarborough, Motortown, The Winterling and Ladybird for the Royal Court and M.A.D. for the Bush Theatre. His film credits include Byzantium, Made in Dagenham, Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Firm, Atonement, Vera Drake, All or Nothing and Rehab and his television credits include Common, Mrs Biggs, Public Enemies, Outcasts, Plus One, The Street and Ashes to Ashes.
Colin Morgan (Skinny) is best known on television for playing the title role in the BBC’s long running series, Merlin. His other television credits include Doctor Who and Elegy for April. His stage credits include Ariel in The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe, Our Private Life for the Royal Court Theatre, All About My Mother at the Old Vic and the title role in Vernon Little God for the Young Vic. His film credits include Parked and Island.
Ben Whishaw (Baby) has most recently been seen on stage in Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre. Previously he has appeared in The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York, Cock for the Royal Court Theatre, Some Trace of Her, The Seagull and His Dark Materials for the National Theatre, Leaves of Glass for Soho Theatre, Mercury Fur for Paines Plough and Hamlet for the Old Vic. His television credits include Richard II, The Hour, All Signs of Death, Criminal Justice, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children. On film his credits include In the Heart of the Sea, Lilting, For Viola and Piano, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Tom Rhys Harries’ (Silver Johnny) theatre credits include The History Boys for Sheffield Theatres and Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory as well as a National Film and Television School season at Soho Theatre. His film credits are Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Hunky Dory and he has been seen on television in Parade’s End.
Mojo was Jez Butterworth’s first play for the Royal Court where he returned with The Night Heron,
The Winterling, Jerusalem and The River, all directed by Ian Rickson. In 2009 his play Parlour Song received its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre, also directed by Rickson. Butterworth’s films Mojo, starring Harold Pinter, and Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman, were both shown at the Venice Film Festival prior to general release and 2010 saw the international release of his feature film Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. In 2007 Butterworth received the E.M. Forster Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Ian Rickson’s West End credits include Harold Pinter’s Old Times and Betrayal, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour as well as Butterworth’s Jerusalem. He has directed Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling, Parlour Song and The River. For the National Theatre Rickson directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still and for the Young Vic he directed Hamlet with Michael Sheen. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC 4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4 and Mojo and The Weir both of which transferred to the West End with The Weir also transferring to Broadway.
Booking now MOJO www.mojotheplay.com 0844 871 7622 Harold Pinter Theatre, 26 October 2013 – 25 January 2014