Nice Fish
Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Mark Rylance's Nice Fish to open at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Olivier, Tony and Oscar winning actor Mark Rylance returns to London to star in his first self-penned play, Nice Fish.

Mark Rylance Nice Fish

It has been officially announced that Olivier, Tony and Oscar Award-winning actor Mark Rylance will return to London's West End in his self penned play Nice Fish, which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 15 November to 21 January 2016.

Drawn from the words of Lewis Jenkins, the play is directed by Rylance's wife Claire van Kampen, and has been described as an "icy absurdist drama" and likened to a a "folksy Waiting for Godot."

Originally commissioned and produced by The Guthrie Theater in 2013, the play ran at the A.R.T Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

"On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It’s the end of the fishing season and on the frostbitten, unforgiving landscape, two old friends are out on the ice and they are angling for something big, something down there that is pure need, something that, had it the wherewithal, would swallow them whole." 

Mark Rylance will reprise the role of 'Ron' alongside Jim Lichtscheidl as Erik, the odd couple, whose ordinary lives are comically exposed in this "sublimely playful, profound and very funny play." They will be joined by Kayli Carter, Bob Davis and Raye Birk

The production features scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ilona Somogyi, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Scott W. Edwards. Original composition will be supplied by director Claire van Kampen.

Tickets for the limited run will go on general sale next week. Producer Sonia Friedman also announced the opportunity for four free box tickets every night, which will be handed out on a first come first served basis from 6pm each evening to audience members dressed as a fisherman.

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