Preview by Jack Foley
ACTRESS Alicia Witt will follow in the footsteps of Rachel Werisz
when she appears in a revival of Neil LaBute's acclaimed play,
The Shape of Things, in the West End from May 17.
The play received its its London premiere in 2001, when it co-starred
Friends star, Paul
Rudd, and has subsequently been turned into a film,
starring the original cast.
But the revival will play in Plymouth and Brighton before transferring
to the New Ambassadors Theatre, on May 17 May.
Witt is best known for her performances in movies such as Two
Weeks Notice, Vanilla Sky
and Mr Hollands Opus, as well as US TV sitcom Cybill, with
For The Shape of Things, she will be joined by Enzo Cilenti
(Wonderland, Late Night Shopping, 24 Hour Party People), James
Murray (North Square, Clocking Off, Kevin and Perry Go Large)
and Sienna Guillory (Take a Girl Like You, The Time Machine, Late
Night Shopping, Trapped) - three hotly-tipped British screen actors.
The play is set on a college campus in small-town America, and
centres around four students who become engaged in an intense
experiment in modern love and art.
LaBute is no stranger to the West End, having previously brought
The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here and Bash to the Almeida.
He is also a movie regular, directing such films as In the Company
of Men, Nurse Betty and Possession.
The Shape of Things will be directed by Julian Webber
and is designed by Simon Higlett. It's produced by Kenny Wax in
association with PW Productions, Lee Menzies Ltd and McLaren Burnell.
Currently playing at the New Ambassadors is Marie Jones' multi-award-winning
Irish comedy, Stones in His Pockets, which finishes on May 15,
after four years in the West End.