Produced by Novel Theatre, Cool Hand Luke was adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves and will be directed by Novel's artistic director and co-founder, Andrew Loudon, with musical direction by Reverend Bazil Meade.
Warren will play Luke Jackson—the role created on screen by Paul Newman in the 1967 film adaptation of Pearce's novel—who becomes a symbol of hope for his fellow inmates at a Florida prison camp.
Cool Hand Luke will also feature Lee Boardman as Dragline, Rob Falconer as Bull Bill, Joshua McCord as Rabbit, Nathan Osgood as Carr, Tom Silburn as Curly, David Sturzaker as Society Red, Richard Brake as Boss Godfrey, Kenneth Jay as Boss Kean and Lisa Eichhorn as Mrs Jackson. The ensemble includes Sandra Marvin, Tania Mathurin, Bret Jones, Michael Cuckson and Julie Rogers.
Cool Hand Luke, according to press notes, "is the hard-hitting story of a World War II veteran turned convict and rebel, whose unquenchable spirit and refusal to be broken by the system becomes part of his fellow convicts' mythology of survival. After a spell in a Florida prison camp where the conditions were brutal and included hard physical labor on the chain gang, Cool Hand Luke is a gripping and rousing theatrical experience that climaxes with the ultimate showdown between the system and the human spirit it seeks to control."
Members of the production's creative team include designer Edward Lipscomb and lighting designer Matthew Eagland.
The Aldwych Theatre is located at WC2B 4DF London, EN. For more information and tickets, visit www.coolhandluke.co.uk.