Speed-the-Plow - Lindsay Lohan to make W/E debut
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
LINDSAY Lohan is to make her West End debut in Lindsay Posner’s production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, which runs at the Playhouse Theatre from September 24 to November 29, 2014.
When a hugely bankable star agrees to appear in a sure-fire commercial hit, film producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox are convinced this is the break of a lifetime. That is until Karen (played by Lohan), a temporary secretary, derails the dream.
When she persuades Bobby to dump the blockbuster in favour of a story which can only be described as box-office poison, Charlie is forced to resort to desperate measures….
Described as a brilliantly satirical portrayal of Hollywood, Speed-the-Plow is filled with Mamet’s trademark wit and mesmerising dialogue.
Multi award-winning film actress Lindsay Lohan takes her first ever stage role as Karen, a part which was originally played in New York in 1988 by Madonna. Lohan’s films include Disney’s The Parent Trap, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion and Emilio Estevez’s Bobby. She has also appeared in the TV series Ugly Betty and starred as Elizabeth Taylor in the biographical TV film Liz & Dick.
Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s other plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and A Life in the Theatre.
Lindsay Posner has directed more plays by David Mamet in the West End than any other director, including Oleanna with Julia Stiles and Aaron Eckhart, Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Kelly Reilly and A Life in the Theatre with Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson.
Speed-the-Plow received its British premiere at the National Theatre in 1989. In 2008, it was revived at the Old Vic starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly.
Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, continues at the Playhouse Theatre until August 23, 2014. Also at the Playhouse Theatre: the UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Tamsin Greig (December 20, 2014 to May 9, 2015).