Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
ACCORDING to reports, Hollywood actor, Christian Slater, will
return to the West End later this year in a new production of
Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. This
follows his recent succes in One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Although dates and venue have yet to be confirmed, rehearsals
are expected to begin in August, with an opening in late September,
possibly at the Gielgud Theatre.
Slater will play Chance Wayne, the character portrayed by Paul
Newman in both the 1959 stage version and the subsequent 1962
But as yet, the part of Princess
Kosmonopolous has not been cast, although rumour suggests that
an American actress is being sought.
Sweet Bird of Youth is about the relationship between
an ageing film star (Kosmonopolous) and a gigolo (Wayne).
The most recent London production was at the National Theatre
in 1994, with Clare Higgins and Rob Knepper in the key roles.
Higgins, incidentally, can be seen this coming May, in Death
of a Salesman, opposite Brian Dennehy.
Apart from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Slater has
appeared on stage in The Music Man (his 1980 stage debut),
Copperfield, Macbeth, Merlin and Side Man.
And his film credits are numerous and include Interview with
the Vampire, True Romance,
Pump Up the Volume, Heathers, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and
Terry Johnson, who was also responsible for One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest, will direct. No further details have been