Hollywood Comes to London . . . Again

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Panton Street was packed with stars as the latest megawatt Hollywood actors to appear on a West End stage opened in On An Average Day at the Comedy Theatre on Aug. 7.

Woody ("Cheers," "Natural Born Killers") Harrelson and Kyle ("Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks") MacLachlan have chosen a new play, On An Average Day by American playwright John Kolvenbach, to make their West End debut.

Set in rural upstate New York the play, directed by John Crowley, tells how Jack (MacLachlan) unexpectedly returns home after a 15-year absence to find his abandoned younger brother Robert (Harrelson) living in a private world that is far from ordinary.

Robert is on trial for a bizarre traffic incident (a case of art imitating life, given that Harrelson has been involved, offstage, in a high-profile altercation with a London taxi driver), is hoarding a shower full of newspaper clippings and has something unsavory living in the fridge. And what has Jack been hiding from Robert all these years?

Very funny but also genuinely moving, the story reveals that on an average day extraordinary things can happen. As the opening night showed, there is nothing average about Hollywood coming to London these days, but it is certainly not unusual. As the first night crowd scattered to dine at Sheekey's and the Ivy, the one question everyone was asking was "Who's next?"

—By Theatrenow