Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
JOSHUA Jackson will make his West End debut alongside veteran
actor, Patrick Stewart, in a revival of David Mamet's 1977 two-hander,
A Life in the Theatre which opens at the Apollo
Theatre, in Shaftesbury Avenue, on February 2, 2005 (previews
from January 27).
The Canadian-born actor became a heart-throb for his portrayal
of bad boy, Pacey (a part, incidently, that he played for six
years) in TV's Dawson's Creek, which ended in 2003.
Although he hasn't actually appeared on stage since the age of
eight, he already has a number of big screen films to his credit
- Cruel Intentions, Scream 2 and The Laramie Project
- and can be seen soon in Cursed, with Christina Ricci,
and Shadow Dancer,with Harvey Keitel.
Patrick Stewart, on the other hand, is no stranger to the stage
and, as recently as 2003, took the title role in the West End
revival of Ibsen's The Master Builder.
Stewart will, of course, always be
remembered for his roles in Star
Trek and X Men,
although he is, in fact, a classically-trained actor and an honorary
associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. As such, his
portrayals have included King John, Shylock, Henry IV and Oberon.
His other stage credits include The Tempest, Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf and, in both the UK and USA, his Olivier
Award-winning, one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas
A Life in the Theatre is a semi-autobiographical story
about two actors - aspiring newcomer, John, and flamboyant veteran,
Robert. While working together in a fading, small town rep, Robert
takes on the role of mentor, both on and off stage, thereby preparing
John for his 'life in theatre'.
A Life in the Theatre was previously staged in the West
End, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and starred Denholm Elliott
and Samual West, the new artistic director of Sheffield Theatre.
The new production will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who was
responsible for two of Mamet's other works - Oleanna
with Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles, and Sexual
Perversity in Chicago with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver.