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Ethan Coen hopeful of bringing stage plays to London

Story by Jack Foley

ETHAN Coen has hinted that some of his stage plays could be headed to London.

The filmmaker, one half of the legendary Coen brothers with sibling Joel, also writes plays “part-time” and recently saw his first full-length stage play, Women or Nothing, come to an end off-Broadway in New York.

The production received its world premiere at the Linda Gross Theater in August and was extended to October following demand for tickets and critical acclaim. It tells the story of a lesbian couple and the lengths they go to to have a child without going to a sperm bank.

It followed Almost an Evening, a collection of three short plays, which was staged by Atlantic in New York in 2008, two further productions of short plays, Offices and Happy Hour and a one-act play, Talking Cure, which appeared on Broadway under the title Relatively Speaking in 2011.

Speaking to the BBC about the possibility of bringing one of them to the West End while promoting his latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, Ethan Coen said that while there was nothing confirmed at this stage, “hopefully the first bunch of one-act plays I did with Neil Pepe [artistic director] at the Atlantic Theater Company might be coming here”.

Inside Llewyn Davis follow the fortunes of a hapless singer-songwriter (played by Oscar Isaac) on the 1960s New York folk music scene. It is currently showing as part of the London Film Festival and will be out in the UK in January 2014.