Returning to the West End, Pearl Mackie joins a new production of the Harold Pinter play.
The 30 year old actress, who appeared as the Doctor’s companion Bill, will play Lulu in ‘The Birthday Party’. Ian Rickson is directing this production of Harold Pinter’s play, running at the Harold Pinter theatre from 9th January to 14th April.
Mackie had a short but varied stage career before joining Doctor Who. In 2012 she made her London theatre debut in Only Human and appeared in Crystal Springs and Obama-ology. From 2015, she played a supporting role in the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. During her time on Curious Incident, the show was visited by her soon-to-be co-star Peter Capaldi. However, as her Who casting hadn’t been announced yet, they had to pretend to be strangers.
Cassandra & Dream Lord
Pearl’s co-stars include some faces familiar to the world of Doctor Who. Zoë Wanamaker plays Meg and previously appeared as Lady Cassandra during series one and two. Toby Jones, otherwise known as the villainous Dream Lord in Doctor Who, will play Stanley. Stephen Mangan, who has no Whoniverse credits but has expressed interest in the title character before, plays Goldberg.
The Birthday Party
‘The Birthday Party’ was written by Harold Pinter in 1957 and premiered in London the following year. This dark comedy tells the story of Stanley Webber, a piano player in a dilapidated boarding house, celebrating his birthday. When his party is interrupted by two strangers looking for him, it soon becomes an absurd nightmare.