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Kristin Scott Thomas is joined by Bob Hoskins

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 Playhouse Theatre.

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.

Previously Posted: Four Weddings and a Funeral 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 off."

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.

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