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Pearl Mackie joins Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker in The Birthday Party

Pearl Mackie

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PEARL Mackie will join Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker in a new production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, which runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from January 18 (previews from January 9) to April 14, 2018 – 60 years after the play’s debut.

It will be Mackie’s first role since playing ‘Bill Potts’, the Doctor’s companion, in the latest series of Doctor Who. Her final appearance will be in this year’s Christmas Special, which airs on December 25. Mackie’s casting was announced in the original short film Friend from the Future, written by Steven Moffat. Also starring Matt Lucas and Michelle Gomez, the tenth series of the globally popular show premiered in April 2017 to critical acclaim.

From 2015-6, Mackie appeared in the National Theatre’s Olivier and Tony award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. She has also starred as ‘Nina’ in Theatre503’s 2012 play Only Human and co-starred in the European premiere of Aurin Squire’s Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre. In 2013, she appeared alongside Martin Freeman, Michael Socha and Maxine Peake in the comedy film Svengali, directed by John Hardwick.

Her other theatre credits include A Mad World, My Masters (2015); Hello Kind World (2014); Crystal Springs (2014); Home (2012); The Crucible (2010); and The Comedy of Errors (2010).

Pearl Mackie said: “I’m delighted to be back in the West End working with such a prolific director like Ian Rickson – and an incredible cast – on this rich, dark and enthralling play. I love how Pinter creates character and I feel very lucky to work on one of his best-known plays.”

Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday.

Read more about The Birthday Party.