The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic – Reviews

The reviews are coming in for The Dumb Waiter starring Daniel Mays and David Thewlis.

The New York Times: Serving Murder in “The Dumb Waiter”: The Old Vic’s production of the 50-minute one-act play is as polished as an assassin’s gun.

Guardian: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It takes theatrical alchemy – and talent – to turn a play as familiar as Harold Pinter’s 1957 two-hander into a drama as new and freshly dangerous as Jeremy Herrin’s revival here. That is partly down to the supreme skills of David Thewlis and (especially) Daniel Mays. Mays, meanwhile, is an utter marvel.

The Arts Desk

Broadway World

Production photos courtesy of The Old Vic Theatre and Manuel Harlan

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Evening Standard Magazine Cover & Feature Interview

Daniel Mays graces the cover and is the feature interview in this week’s Evening Standard Magazine. Danny talks his starring role in The Dumb Waiter, his career, and the amazing photoshoot in the Old Vic Theatre and on the marquee!

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The Dumb Waiter – Daniel Mays is BACK on the London Stage This Week!

It’s finally here! Daniel Mays is back on the Old Vic Theatre stage for 5 performances beginning this evening 7 July and running through this Saturday 10 July.

Wishing Danny, David Thewlis, the creative, crew, and everyone at the Old Vic all the best! It’s exciting to know that theatre is back with in person audiences.

Tickets are available for the In Camera, global streaming performances and can be booked up to 4 hours before each of the five performances.

Play credits

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Press: Dumb Waiter

Some upcoming press for Daniel Mays ahead of his starring role in Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter at the Old Vic Theatre beginning on 7 July. This is a strictly limited run of only 5 performances. (We will update as additional interviews are confirmed)

Radio: BBC Radio 2 – Saturday 3 July at 8AM Danny calls in to the Dermot O’Leary Show

ITV This Morning: Danny discusses Dumb Waiter and being back on stage and some Line of Duty theories. (About 36 minutes in)

Rehearsal Photos from the Old Vic have been released:

Tickets for worldwide online streaming are still available at the Old Vic. Don’t miss it!

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Daniel Mays Joins the Cast of Magpie Murders

We are happy to announce that Daniel Mays has joined the stellar cast for Magpie Murders the six part series for Masterpiece PBS and Britbox UK and based on the best selling book from Anthony Horowitz. Lesley Manville was previously announced. Additional casting announced includes Tim McMullan -who steps in to replace Timothy Spall who had to step away from the production due to a scheduling conflict. Conleth Hill, plays Alan Conway. Other cast members joining the series include Pippa Haywood and Michael Maloney.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the hugely talented cast of ‘Magpie Murders,’ not least to finally share the screen with the incredible Lesley Manville,” said Daniel Mays. “Anthony Horowitz’ scripts are ingenious. Murder, intrigue with plenty of laughs and tears along the way. I couldn’t put them down. With two timeframes to play in and the actors portraying not one but two roles it presented a wonderful opportunity to create a special piece of television.”

Tim McMullan said: “I’m absolutely loving doing ‘Magpie Murders.’ Anthony has written such a brilliant and beguiling script, full of wit, suspense and murder. It’s an immense privilege to be asked to bring to life the wonderful and enigmatic Atticus Pünd. He’s such a great character to play, I feel very fortunate indeed. To be working with such a talented cast is a total joy, and to be also working with Peter Cattaneo, of whom I’m a long-time fan, is the cherry on the cake.”

Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, played by Lesley Manville, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript by bestselling mystery writer Alan Conway, featuring Conway’s detective Atticus Pünd – and has little idea it will change her life.

Earlier this year, PBS’ MASTERPIECE and Britbox UK announced that they will co-produce and broadcast Magpie Murders, a new drama based on the bestselling novel written by Anthony Horowitz OBE.

The six-part series is produced by Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films. Lauded as “a magnificent piece of crime fiction” and “an ingenious novel within a novel” by the Sunday Times (London), Magpie Murders topped multiple best-seller lists including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and appeared on the year-end Best Books lists of NPR, USA Today and others. Its international awards include the prestigious Macavity Award for Best Novel. A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of author Alan Conway’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

The television adaptation is scripted by Horowitz, who is known to MASTERPIECE fans for the popular World War II mystery Foyle’s War. MASTERPIECE executive producer Susanne Simpson said, “Anthony Horowitz is a master mystery writer, and Magpie Murders is a beautiful and complex work. Our MASTERPIECE audience will truly enjoy this intriguing story of a mystery within a mystery.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.Anthony Horowitz said, “Magpie Murders is my most successful novel and it wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure.” Jill Green said, “This is an extraordinary and distinctive drama. I don’t think there’s ever been a crime show like it with a strong female lead treading the line between reality and fiction as she fights to uncover the truth.” Magpie Murders is streaming in the U.K. exclusively on BritBox UK. Magpie Murders is an Eleventh Hour Films production for MASTERPIECE and BritBox UK and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television

Currently filming, Magpie Murders is expected to premiere in 2022 on Masterpiece PBS and Britbox UK.


Check back for updates on filming and transmission date information.

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The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic

We are delighted to announce that after 5 years away from the stage, Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter for The Old Vic’s return to in person theatre and In Camera Series! Performances are schedule for 7 – 10 July!

The Dumb Waiter

We send him up all we’ve got and he’s not satisfied. No, honest, it’s enough to make the cat laugh.’

Ben and Gus are seasoned hitmen awaiting details of their next target in the basement of a supposedly abandoned cafe. When the dumbwaiter begins sending them mysterious food orders, the killers’ waiting game starts to unravel.

Daniel Mays and David Thewlis star in Harold Pinter’s darkly funny, insidiously menacing The Dumb Waiter.

Ticket information:

Tue 11 May, 12 noon – Artistic Director’s Circle and Producer’s Circle
Thu 13 May, 10am – Benefactors
Fri 14 May, 10am -Patrons
Mon 17 May, 10am – Associate
Tue 18 May, 12 noon – Friends
Wed 19 May, 12 noon – General Onsale

Please check The Old Vic website for more information on how they are handling in person ticketing in guidance with social distancing rules due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Line of Duty

Daniel Mays took part in interviews with current and previous cast members ahead of the premiere of Line of Duty Series 6 on 21 March 2021.

Empire Magazine – on newsstands now and will be online soon. Check your usual App Store to purchase and download the digital issue in the meantime.

Empire Magazine- May 2021 Issue

The Independent Line of Duty guest stars: ‘No one is safe – Jed can kill characters left, right and centre’

You can catch with all series of Line of Duty on BBC iPlayer including Daniel Mays incredible BAFTA nominated lead role as Danny Waldron in series 3 .

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The Lovejoy Hour Podcast – 15 Question with Daniel Mays

The Lovejoy Hour Podcast has another fantastic interview with Daniel Mays. Danny answers 15 questions including how he became an actor, best moment of his career, most outstanding fashion moment – we are forever wanting to see the legendary green coat!!, how he’s holding up during the lockdowns, what it’s like to be famous, his happiest moment, and more.

Listen to Danny’s episode on The Lovejoy Hour on via the usual podcasts apps and websites.

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Temple Series 2 First Look Trailer

And just like that, we have the first look trailer for Sky’s Temple series 2!

Starring Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, and Carice Van Houten series 2 immediately picks up where things left off with Beth having woken from her coma and very much aware of her husband’s suspicious behaviour, Eve reeling to discover her mother has been alive all this time, Lee falling in with a charismatic activist and Anna luring patients down to the clinic for illegal drug trials, life is only going to get more insane…

New cast members include Rhys Ifans joining as a “dubious and deeply unpredictable medical fixer” called Gubby, Michael Smiley playing his “poetic but frequently inebriated assistant” Dermot, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Mandeep Dhillon, Jamie Michie, Will Keen, and Gbemisola Ikumelo.

Temple was recommissioned by Sky in 2019 and recently completed filming with strict Coronavirus restrictions.

Temple series 2 coming to Sky & NOWTV in 2021.

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Temple Series 2- That’s a Wrap!

Filming on Temple series 2 has completed! Daniel Mays posted a video of the cast & crew celebration on his Instagram in Friday, January 22nd. We cannot wait to see the finished product after that series 1 cliffhanger!

Cameron Roach Sky’s Director of Drama & Sky Studios said: “Temple’s unique tone and compulsive narrative has ensured that it has become a firm favourite with our viewers, and the show already has an army of passionate fans We’re incredibly excited to announce a second season, and to see the next chapter of the thriller evolve. We are delighted that our customers will be able to revel in the world, and performances of the exceptional cast, led so brilliantly by Mark Strong, Danny Mays and Carice van Houten.”

Liza Marshall, Executive Producer, Hera Pictures said: “Series two will be bolder than ever as Daniel is pushed to even greater extremes as he risks everything to stay ahead of his lies and keep a grip on his underground world. Our fantastic cast led by Mark Strong will take the story forward with its unique blend of pressure-cooker intensity, emotion and jet-black humour. Hera Pictures are delighted to bring Temple back for a second series.”

Look for Temple series 2 later this year (date still TBD and timings could change!) on Sky and NOWTV. We will update on things once we have official confirmation.

Update 25/1/2021: FIRST LOOK at the Series 2 Trailer

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