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John Hurt stars in Heroes



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TOM Stoppard's new English-language version of Gerald Sibleyras play, Le Vent de Peupliers, entitled simply Heroes, receives its UK premiere at London's Wyndham's Theatre on October 18, 2005 (previews from October 7).

Set in 1959, the action takes place in a veterans' hospital where three men are planning their escape. It will star Richard Griffiths, John Hurt (pictured) and Ken Stott.

Griffiths, the winner of three Best Actor Awards (Critics' Circle, Evening Standard and Olivier) for his role in Alan Bennett's The History Boys due, incidentally, to be given the big screen treatment this summer, has also appeared on stage in Art, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Luther and Katherine Howard.

While his screen credits include Harry Potter, Chariots of Fire and Withnail and I.

Hurt was most recently seen in the West End in Afterplay and Knapp's Last Tape.

But it's probably for his long and distinguished career in film that he's best known - Alien (who could forget that defining moment when the alien first thrust itself onto an unsuspecting public!), Little Malcolm, The Elephant Man, 1984, White Mischief, The Field, Crime and Punishment, Rob Roy and Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the film-stealing role of Iannis.

Stott, too, has many roles to his credit. On stage, he has appeared in Faith Healer, The Misanthrope, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet and The Rose Tattoo.

He was last seen at the Wyndham's nine years ago when another French three-hander, Art, had its West End premiere there.

Meanwhile, his other credits include The Vice, Messiah, Uncle Adolf and The Singing Detective (TV) and The Boxer, Shallow Grave, Fever Pitch and King Arthur (film).

 

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