5 Game of Thrones actors coming to the stage this year
It seems like with every casting announcement of the last few years, each show has at least one actor with a Game of Thrones credit. The rise of Westerosteans on stage is spreading, and this year there’s an influx of leading actors taking roles in the West End. Emily Rister rounds-up five key GOT actors treading the boards this year.
Kit Harington is making his West End return this winter after a two-year break following his turn in Jamie Lloyd’s production, Doctor Faustus, as well as having made his debut in the National Theatre's hit production of War Horse. Best-known for portraying the role of Jon Snow in GOT, his performance in Sam Shepard’s blistering play, True West, is sure to impress.
Shepard’s play is about a successful and well-educated Hollywood scriptwriter named Austin (Harington) and Lee (Johnny Flynn), his unstable older brother who pushes his sibling to the edge of his psychological limits.
Vaudeville Theatre, from 23rd November.
True West tickets are available now.
Iwan Rheon is set to star in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s Papatango-winning play Foxfinder, which comes to the Ambassadors Theatre this autumn. Rheon was presented the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Moritz in the Lyric Hammersmith’s production of Spring Awakening, which transferred to the Novello. After 7 years away from the stage, Rheon’s screen career has flourished, as he was cast as the formidable Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones.
Now, Rheon is set to return to the West End in this unsettling new play as William Bloor, a foxfinder who has been trained from a young age in rooting out ‘the Beast’ that threatens civilisation. He investigates a contamination on a farm, with dramatic subsequent effects, ultimately changing not only his life, but the lives of farmers Sam and Judith Covey in the process.
Ambassadors Theatre, from 6th September
Foxfinder tickets are available now.
I and You
As part of a new season at the Hampstead Theatre, Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams will make her stage debut in I and You by Lauren Gunderson, a US playwright who has won wild acclaim in her native America.
Directed by Edward Hall, Williams will play Caroline, a teenager who is housebound by illness, requiring a life-threatening organ transplant. Unable to go to school, she spends her days confined in her tiny bedroom on social media, eventually developing a friendship with classmate, Anthony. He later appears unannounced to work on a mundane homework project, which ultimately reveals more about one another than they had expected.
Hampstead Theatre, from 18th October.
Exit the King
Known for playing Ellaria Sand, the paramour of Prince Oberyn Martell in the show, Indira Varma's other roles include National Theatre appearances in Othello, Remembrance of Things Past, and Man and Superman. This summer she’ll return to the National in Exit the King, Ionesco‘s surreal comedy about fate and dying.
It’s the last day of the ancient and confrontational 400-year-old King Bérenger’s life. His first lady, Queen Marguerite (Varma) is preparing for the end, whilst Queen Marie is in denial. The kingdom is disintegrating. This great tragi-comedy will leave you pondering one of life’s many puzzling questions; is it will or fate that determines your destiny?
National Theatre, from 17th July.
Exit the King tickets are available now.
The Height of the Storm
An Olivier Award winner for his Hamlet in 1980 and playing the Engineer in Miss Saigon, the “High Sparrow” Jonathan Pryce will be making his return to the stage this October in a new work by Florian Zeller, who has been described by some as “the most exciting playwright of our time”.
The Height of the Storm is a compelling family drama revolving around a married couple of 50 years; André, played by Pryce, and Madeleine played by Eileen Atkins. The play takes place during one weekend on which the couple’s daughters arrive. However, alongside this, a bunch of flowers also arrives, sent by a woman from the past. The reappearance of this mysterious woman is just one of a series of unusual events which cause the devoted couple’s marriage to come under scrutiny.
Wyndham’s Theatre, from October.
The Height of the Storm tickets are available now.