Preview by Jack Foley
IT HAS now been confirmed that Hugh Whitemore's adaptation of
Luigi Pirandello's 1936 play, As You Desire Me
will open on October 27, 2005 (previews from October 21) at London's
Joining Kristin Scott Thomas in the cast will be Margaret Tyzack
and Bob Hoskins.
Tyzack has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in theatre,
with His Girl Friday (National Theatre) and Auntie
and Me (West End) her most recent ventures.
Hoskins however, though rarely seen on stage, is highly regarded
for his work in films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed
Roger Rabbit? and Hook.
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star, Kristin Scott Thomas, is to return to the London stage this
autumn in a rarely performed tragedy.
The popular British actress will appear as a Berlin nightclub
singer with amnesia in As You Desire Me, by Italian
dramatist, Luigi Pirandello.
The play will be directed by Jonathan
Kent, former head of the Almeida theatre, and will find Thomas'
character being reclaimed by a man who claims he is her husband.
The director told the BBC that Thomas is looking forward to the
challenge of playing the role, stating: "It is a difficult
role but Kristin has exactly the mystery and allure to carry it
Scott Thomas is no stranger to the London stage, having been
nominated for an Olivier award after making her UK stage debut
in Three Sisters at London's Playhouse theatre in 2003.
The venue for her return has not yet been announced - but tickets
are expected to sell fast when it is.
Scott Thomas commented: "I'm looking forward to working
with Jonathan in a play that has not been produced in London for
about 40 years. British audiences will rediscover a great author."
Scott Thomas is a veteran of several movies, including The English
Patient (for which she received an Oscar nomination), Gosford
Park and the first Mission: Impossible.
The actress presently lives in France with her husband and their
three children. She was awarded an OBE in 2003.