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The Shape of Things to keep its Witts about it



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 Holland’s Opus, as well as US TV sitcom Cybill, with Cybill Shepherd.

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.

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