David Suchet to Star in Man and Boy at London’s Duchess

News   David Suchet to Star in Man and Boy at London’s Duchess David Suchet will lead a touring production of Terence Rattigan’s Man and Boy into the West End.

The show has been playing the U.K. during 2004 and is directed by another distinguished actor, Maria Aitken.

Suchet is best known to the masses for his prolific body of TV and film work. Movies include "Executive Decision" and "A Perfect Murder" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. His most popular role is that of the moustache-tending Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the successful ongoing series of TV films.

His extensive theatre resume includes stints with the Royal Shakespeare company and the Peter Hall Company, for whom he played Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Old Vic. That production went to Broadway, where it earned him a nomination for the 2000 Best Actor Tony. He also starred in the West End premiere of David Mamet’s Oleanna.

Maria Aitken also has a formidable body of screen work behind her. Movie turns include 1988’s "A Fish Called Wanda" and 2002’s "Spider." Recent West End appearances include Humble Boy in 2002.

Man and Boy depicts a financier fighting for his reputation, and more, as the FBI are reported to be after him. The crisis tests his relationships with family and friends. The cast also features Colin Stinton, Helen Grace, David Yelland, Will Hugging, Ben Silverstone, Jennifer Lee Jellicorse. Grace is a London replacement for Fritha Goodey, who tragically committed suicide shortly before she was due to open in the tour (she was replaced for the tour by Emma Ferguson).

The show is due to begin previews at the Duchess Theatre Feb. 1, with opening night on Feb. 7. Simon Higlett provides the designs. Thelma Holt, Bill Kenwright, Michael Whitehall and Nica Burns produce.

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