Rupert Grint & Ben Whishaw star in Mojo revival

Rupert Grint & Ben Whishaw star in Mojo revival

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Rupert Grint will make his West End stage debut later this year in a revival of Jez Butterworth's MOJO. According to the Daily Mail, Grint will star alongside Ben Whishaw, Brendan Coyle and Daniel Mays.

    Produced by Sonia Friedman, MOJO will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 26 October. Ian Rickson will direct, having also helmed the original 1995 production at the Royal Court which starred Tom Hollander, Aidan Gillen and Andy Serkis.

    Rickson told the Mail's Baz Bamigboye: "I'd seen the Potter films with my daughter and always thought Rupert was truthful as Ron Weasley. There's something ordinary and centred about him, and in this world of MOJO you want that grittiness." He also spoke to David Yates, director of the final four Potter pictures, who told him Grint had ‘hidden depths’ as a thespian.

    Butterworth's play is set in a 1950's Soho club and follows a rock singer who gets caught up in the seedy underworld of London's most infamous district.

    Grint will play Sweets, a petty criminal addicted to amphetamines. He follows his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe onto the stage, who’s currently appearing in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre.

    Starring as Mickey, MOJO marks Brendan Coyle's return to the stage following his role in the critically acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey. He won an Olivier in 1999 for his role in Conor McPherson's The Weir (the Donmar Warehouse revival of which is transferring to the West End this January).

    Ben Whishaw, who will play Baby, most recently starred in Peter and Alice, the third production of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre alongside Dame Judi Dench. His theatre credits include Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed Old Vic production of Hamlet, and Mike Bartlett's Cock at the Royal Court. His screen roles include Skyfall, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There and Cloud Atlas.

    Most recently Daniel Mays was seen in Joe Wright's production of Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar and is about to return to the venue The Same Deep Water as Me. He will play Potts in this highly anticipcated revival.

    Upon its debut, MOJO won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Writer Jez Butterworth and director Ian Rickson have gone on to become two of British theatre's greatest collaborators, with such productions as the multi award-winning sensation Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance (for which he won the Olivier for Best Actor) and Mackenzie Crook, and the critically acclaimed The River.

    Stay tuned for when MOJO tickets go on sale!