Preview by Jack Foley
HOLLYWOOD actress Julia Stiles is to make her West End debut,
alongside Aaron Eckhart, in a new production of David Mamets
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 Fargos William H Macy.
The latest revival will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who last
year directed Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver in the acclaimed
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 Hollywoods brightest young
actresses, in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, The
Business of Strangers, and The
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 Ends
hottest tickets ahead of the likes of The