I stumbled upon this image whilst trawling through the internet (cough…definitely wasn’t searching for images of Colin Morgan in The Tempest…cough). Sooo you ask, why are all these amazing actors standing together…? Well I certainly wondered…The answer is of course Mojo! Mojo is a comedy with a deeply sinister edge, written by Jez Butterworth and first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 1995. The play won a Laurence Olivier award for Best New Comedy in 1996. Set in the year 1958, in the time of rock ‘n’ roll, the story centres around the seedy Soho nightclub Mojo, with murder and kidnap at the heart of the plot, Mojo explores the dangerous underworld of London.
Colin Morgan, best known for the BBC TV series Merlin, will portray the character ‘Skinny’, his theatre credits include: The Tempest, Our Private Life, All About My Mother and Vernon God Little. Ron Weasley…I mean Rupert Grint of course, makes his stage debut as a drug-addicted gang member, known as ‘Sweets’. Meanwhile Daniel Mays plays ‘Potts’, Mays’ theatre credits include: Ladybird, Motortown, The Winterling and Scarborough. Mays’ may (pardon the pun…) be best known for his TV roles including: Ronnie Biggs in Mrs Biggs and DCI Jim Keats in Ashes to Ashes, whilst Mays’ Film credits include: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Made in Dagenham, The Adventures of Tintin and Welcome to the Punch. Ben Whishaw, who appears as the character ‘Baby’, is no stranger to seedy London clubs in the 1950s after investigating London’s underworld as the journalist Freddy Lyons in BBC drama The Hour. Whishaw’s film credits include: Brideshead Revisited, Bright Star, Skyfall and Cloud Atlas. Tom Rhys Harries, who I recently saw in the independent film Hunky Dory, plays Silver Johnny. Harries has also appeared in the theatre productions Torch Song Trilogy and The History Boys. Brendan Coyle completes the picture as ‘Mickey’, Coyle is best-known for TV roles in North and South, Lark Rise to Candleford and Downton Abbey.
So we have two wizards, a magical spirit, a train robber, a poet turned journalist (he had to keep in the writing business…) and a footman with revolutionary thoughts…Perhaps Grint and Morgan will have a magical duel…although judging from Ron’s rather dodgy wand my money’s on Merlin for the win. Or perhaps Morgan and Harries will magically spirit it out over who played the best Ariel in The Tempest(Harries played Evan, who played Ariel in the play within Hunky Dory…yep try to get your head round that one…). Whishaw might delight the company with a reading of his Romantic poetry as John Keats and thus pacify the warring wizards…, whilst Coyle will probably get on his John Bates/Robert Timmins expounding plank with a new cause…a voice for suppressed wizards everywhere!
Well I hope I may witness how the merry band of actors fare in Mojo…The play officially opens on 13th November 2013 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London. Ian Rickson, director of the 1995 production returns to direct Mojo, whilst Ultz, designer of the original production, also returns in the same role. I anticipate success!
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