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Director Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas reunite to bring Sophocles’ tragedy to The Old Vic in the round. Frank McGuinness delivers a charged adaptation of the classic drama of Electra and Orestes’ revenge on their father’s murderers. 

Kristin Scott Thomas gained international recognition in the 1990s for her roles in Bitter Moon, Four Weddings and A Funeral, for which she won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and The English Patient for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Among her subsequent films are Gosford Park, in which she played Lady Sylvia McCordle, Mission: Impossible, The Horse Whisperer, Keeping Mum, Nowhere Boy, Easy Virtue, and Ne le dis à person (Tell No One), by French director Guillaume Canet. In addition, Scott Thomas received many accolades for her performance in Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long), including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. In early 2007, Scott Thomas played Arkadina in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at The Royal Court, for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress. In 2009, she starred in Partir (Leaving) as Suzanne, earning a nomination for Best Actress at the Cesar Awards and winning Best Actress at the Evening Standard Film Award. She also starred in Sarah's Key as Julia Jarmond and in 2011, played the role of Patricia Maxwell in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen before returning to the West End to star as Emma in Harold Pinter's Betrayal directed by Ian Rickson. Scott Thomas’s recent films include Bel Ami with Robert Pattinson, based on the 1885 novel written by Guy de Maupassant, and the film adaption of Douglas Kennedy's novel, The Woman in the Fifth, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Last year, Scott Thomas teamed up with director Nicolas Winding Refn for Only God Forgives, and with director Ralph Fiennes for The Invisible Woman. She also performed on stage in Harold Pinter’s Old Times directed by Ian Rickson. 

Ian Rickson's directing credits includes Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre), Old Times (Harold Pinter Theatre), Hamlet (Young Vic), Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End and Broadway), Betrayal (Comedy Theatre), The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre), Parlour Song (Almeida), Hedda Gabler (Roundabout Theatre, New York), The House of Yes (Gate Theatre) and Me & My Friend (Chichester Festival Theatre). He was Artistic Director at the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, during which time he directed Krapp’s Last Tape, The Winterling, Alice Trilogy, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Fallout, The Night Heron, Boy Gets Girl, Mouth to Mouth (also in the West End), Dublin Carol, The Weir (West End and Broadway), The Lights, Pale Horse and Mojo (Broadway and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre), Ashes & Sand, Some Voices and Killers. His last production for the Royal Court, The Seagull, transferred to Broadway. His film credits include Fallout, Krapp’s Last Tape and The Clear Road Ahead. 

Frank McGuinness lives in Dublin and lectures in English at University College, Dublin. His internationally-acclaimed work includes The Hanging Gardens; The Match Box; The Factory Girls; Baglady, the multi-award winning Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme; Innocence; Mary And Lizzie; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (New York Critics Circle Award, Writers Guild Award for Best Play, 1992); Dolly West’s Kitchen; Gates Of Gold; Speaking Like Magpies; There Came A Gypsy Riding and When Greta Garbo Came To Donegal. Frank’s widely performed adaptations of classics include Lorca’s Yerma; Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya; Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Sophocles’ Electra and Oedipus; Euripides’ Helen; Ostrovsky’s The Storm, Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler, The Lady From The Sea, A Doll’s House; Ghosts; John Gabriel Borkman; Molina’s Damned by Despair and most recently James Joyce’s The Dead. Frank is currently working on an opera cycle on the Oedipus Trilogy for the Royal Opera House. TV/screenplays include the award-winning The Hen House BBC2 and the celebrated BBC drama A Short Stay In Switzerland. 

The Old Vic is delighted to be collaborating with Sonia Friedman Productions again as part of their in the round season following their successful co-ventures with Dancing at Lughnasa and the Broadway transfer of The Norman Conquests.