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Stiles and Eckhart to take a West End bow for Mamet

Preview by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD actress Julia Stiles is to make her West End debut, alongside Aaron Eckhart, in a new production of David Mamet’s Oleanna.

The star-studded two-hander will open for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre on April 22, 2004, following previews from April 15.

The biting tale of political correctness will feature Stiles as an American university student who accuses her male professor of sexual harassment, when faced with failing a course.

The play has already enjoyed one successful West End run, in 1993, when it was directed by Harold Pinter, at the Royal Court, and starred Lia Williams and David Suchet. A film followed, in 1994, featuring Debra Eisenstadt and Fargo’s William H Macy.

The latest revival will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who last year directed Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver in the acclaimed Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and will be presented by Edward Snape, for Fiery Angel, and Clare Lawrence and Anna Waterhouse, for Out of the Blue, the company responsible for the equally Hollywood-friendly, This Is Our Youth.

Stiles will soon be appearing alongside Julia Roberts in the upcoming Mike Newell chick flick, Mona Lisa Smile, but has already made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest young actresses, in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, The Business of Strangers, and The Bourne Identity.

Eckhart, meanwhile, has featured in high-profile movies such as The Core, Erin Brockovich and Paycheck (alongside Ben Affleck), and frequently collaborates with playwrite, Neil LaBute, appearing in films such as Possession, Nurse Betty and In The Company of Men.

Tickets have yet to go on sale for the production, although the limited run should ensure that it is one of the West End’s hottest tickets ahead of the likes of The Producers.

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