Jake Gyllenhaal open to West End return
Story by Jack Foley
JAKE Gyllenhaal is keen to return to London’s West End if the right opportunity comes along.
In an interview with Magic FM while promoting his latest film, Prisoners, the Hollywood star said he would “definitely” like to tread the boards again.
“I love it here and I loved working here on the stage,” he said.
Gyllenhaal made his West End debut in Kenny Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth way back in 2002 in an acclaimed role that won him the outstanding newcomer prize at the Evening Standard theatre awards.
But while he has since made his New York theatre debut last year in the US premiere of Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, he has yet to return to the capital despite his apparent desire to do so.
And when pressed on whether there was anything in the works, Gyllenhaal was quick to pay tribute to Kevin Spacey’s star-led programming at The Old Vic, suggesting that if The Usual Suspects star came calling, he may well answer positively.
“The Old Vic is such an incredible institution and an amazing theatre space,” he said. “I would love to work there. And if that temptation calls, I will answer in one way or another.”
Prisoners opens in UK cinemas on Friday, September 27.