Lyonesse Tickets

Lyonesse Tickets

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James return to the West End for a strictly limited run.
Lyonesse: What to expect - 1
Lyonesse Tickets

About Lyonesse

A reclusive actress is making her comeback in this thrilling new play – but can she keep control of her story? Penelope Skinner’s new play stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James. See them in action: book your Lyonesse tickets on TodayTix now.

Lyonesse follows Elaine, who disappeared from the public eye 30 years ago. Now, she’s telling all to a young film executive, Kate. But what happened, and can women ever really own the narrative? Skinner’s piece promises to tackle urgent topical issues in an entertaining new tale, making this Lyonesse play a definite must-see.

Penelope Skinner’s past work includes the acclaimed Royal Court play The Village Bike, starring Romola Garai, while director Ian Rickson’s numerous credits include Hamlet at the Young Vic, Translations at the National Theatre, and Jerusalem at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway.

The world premiere of Lyonesse at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season. Don’t miss seeing these A-list leading actresses and book your Lyonesse tickets on TodayTix.

Assisted Performances

Captioned - 18th November 2.30pm

Audio-Described - 30th November, 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted - TBC

Run time

2h 50m (incl. interval)

Start date

17th October, 2023

End date

23rd December, 2023




Production note
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.

Lyonesse cast and creative team

By: Penelope Skinner
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast list: Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, James Corrigan, Doon Mackichan, Sara Powell
Design: Georgia Lowe
Costumes: Georgia Lowe
Lighting: Jessica Hung Han Yun
Sound: Tingying Dong
Other info: Original music by Stephen Warbeck


Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4DN


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 22, 94
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 139, 88, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 94, N22
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (1min)
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.

More information about Lyonesse

This is an exciting chance to see two iconic actresses in one play. Kristin Scott Thomas has an incredible body of work: she’s done everything from classic British comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral to sweeping Hollywood dramas like The English Patient, plus a great cameo on TV hit Fleabag. On stage, she won an Olivier for The Seagull and played Elizabeth II in The Audience.

Lily James is more renowned for her screenwork, starring in movies like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella, Baby Driver and Yesterday, and in TV series such as Downton Abbey, War & Peace, The Pursuit of Love, and Pam & Tommy. But she’s also impressed in West End productions of Romeo and Juliet and All About Eve.

What to watch for

  • Does the story remind you of anyone in particular? We’ve seen numerous examples recently of celebrities re-evaluating the past and reclaiming their story – perhaps Skinner’s protagonist will follow in that interesting trend.
  • Just as the actress in the story tells her tale, and the film executive shapes it, we’ll also be seeing all that operating in a wider narrative: the play itself. See if their exploration within the show shapes your response to the craft of playwriting.
  • Fun fact: this isn’t the first time that Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas have been co-stars. They both appeared in the 2017 film Darkest Hour, about Winston Churchill’s decisions during the Second World War. Scott Thomas played Churchill’s wife, Clementine, and James played his secretary, Elizabeth Layton.
  • They’ve also both tackled a Chekhov play about artists: The Seagull. Scott Thomas starred as the great actress Arkadina in 2007 at the Royal Court, and took the production to New York the following year, while James played country girl Nina, who performs in a play written by Arkandina’s son, in a Southwark Playhouse production in 2012.

Frequently asked questions

What is Lyonesse about?

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James star in Penelope Skinner’s passionate and hilarious new play for a strictly limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre. When a reclusive actress returns after thirty years to tell her story for a spectacular comeback, who truly wields control over the narrative?

What is the running time of Lyonesse?

Lyonesse runs for 2h 50m (incl. interval)

Which theatre is Lyonesse at?

Lyonesse is at London's Harold Pinter Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for Lyonesse?


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