Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
DAVID Schwimmer will star in the world premiere of Some
Girl(s), a new play by the controversial American playwright
and film-maker, Neil LaBute.
Directed by David Grindley, the play will preview at the Gielgud
Theatre in London from May 12.
The show marks American film and television actor David Schwimmer’s
West End stage debut. Further casting will be announced at a later
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The play is described as an irreverent stumble into the heart
of darkness that is the modern single male.
Writer, director, and playwright Neil LaBute’s plays include
The Mercy Seat, written and directed by LaBute in Autumn
2002 in New York starring Sigourney Weaver and Liev Schrieber;
The Distance From Here, written by LaBute, which ran
at the Almeida Theatre in London in Spring 2003 and spring 2004
in New York; The Shape of Things, which LaBute wrote
and directed for London and New York in 2001, and which recently
completed a revival staging in London at a the New Ambassadors
Theatre; and bash: latter-day plays, which LaBute wrote
and directed for New York and London in 1999.
This March, his latest play, This Is How It Goes, will
premiere at New York’s Public Theatre and will be directed
by George Wolfe.
In May, the play will debut in the West End at the Donmar Warehouse.
Films include In the Company of Men, which won the New York Critics’
Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker’s
Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival; Your Friends & Neighbors;
Nurse Betty; Possession;
and The Shape of Things,
which was a film adaptation of his play by the same title.
He is also the author of several fictional pieces that have been
published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine,
Harper’s Bazaar, and Playboy among others.
Internationally known for his Emmy
nominated role as ‘Ross Geller’ in the US TV series
Friends, David Schwimmer
studied theatre at Northwestern University, before founding the
acclaimed Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago - an ensemble
for whom he continues to act, direct and produce.
His stage-acting credits with Lookingglass include The Idiot,
Arabian Nights, West, The Odyssey, Of One Blood, In the Eye of
the Beholder and The Master and Margarita.
His stage-directing credits include The Jungle, which
earned six Joseph Awards; his adaption of Studs Terkel's book,
Race: How Blacks And Whites Think And Feel About The American
Obsession and Alice in Wonderland, which was performed
at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
He has also starred in the stage premieres of Roger Kumble’s
D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, and in
Warren Leight’s Glimmer Brothers in Williamstown.
As well as his role in ten years of Friends, Schwimmer has also
starred in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's mini-series Band
of Brothers, in Hotel, a dark comedy from Mike Figgis and
Uprising, the NBC miniseries about the Jewish resistance in the
Other television credits include roles on such series as Monty
with Henry Winkler, NYPD
Blue, The Wonder Years and LA Law.
His feature film credits include the independent feature Duane
Hopwood, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, It’s
the Rage, with Gary Sinise, Giovanni Ribisi and Joan Allen, Picking
Up the Pieces, Six Days, Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, Kissing a Fool,
The Pallbearer, Crossing the Bridge and the critically acclaimed
HBO film Breast Men.
David Grindley has most recently directed Kevin Spacey in National
Anthems at the Old Vic Theatre, and David Haig and Paul Bradley
in Journey’s End
at the Comedy Theatre and Playhouse Theatre.
His Olivier Award nominated revival of Abigail’s Party
at the Hampstead Theatre in 2002 was a sell-out success and transferred
to the New Ambassadors, before moving to the Whitehall Theatre
and completing two National Tours.
David was Resident Director at the Savoy Theatre in the West
End from 1997 to 1998, and Resident Assistant Director at Chichester
Festival Theatre in 1996 where he worked on Uncle Vanya
and When We Are Married, both of which he accompanied
to the West End.