Iain Glen to Star in and Direct New West End Production of Ghosts

News   Iain Glen to Star in and Direct New West End Production of Ghosts Iain Glen, who will soon be seen in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Terrence Rattigan's Separate Tables (Sept. 10-Oct. 3), will make his directorial debut and also star as Pastor Manders in a new version of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts this winter at the West End's Duchess Theatre.
Iain Glen
Iain Glen

Previews will commence in the week of Feb. 8, 2010, with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 23. The production will play a limited season through May 15.

The new version of Ghosts has been provided by playwright and adaptor Frank McGuinness. Lesley Sharp, who is soon to appear in the new West End production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, will play Mrs. Alving.

Glen, who starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the Donmar Warehouse's production of The Blue Room that subsequently transferred to Broadway's Cort Theatre in 1998 (where he received a Drama League Award for Best Actor), has been seen in the last few years onstage in Scenes from a Marriage (directed by Trevor Nunn at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre), as John Proctor in the RSC's production of The Crucible (that transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the West End's Gielgud Theatre), as Judge Brack in the Almeida's production of Hedda Gabler and as Stanley Kowlaski (opposite Glenn Close as Blanche Du Bois) in the National Theatre's production of A Streetcar named Desire. His extensive TV credits include appearances on "Law and Order," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "City of Vice," "Churchill at War" and "The Belsen Redemption." He received a BAFTA nomination for "Death of a Salesman." His films include "Harry Brown," "Pope Joan," "The Case of the Unfaithful Klara," "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution" and "Resident Evil II and III." He received the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear Award for Best Actor for "Silent Scream" and the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for "Mountains of the Moon".

Sharp was last seen on the London stage in the title role of Simon Stephens' Harper Regan at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2008, and before that appeared in the British premiere of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005. She has appeared extensively at the National and Royal Court. Her film credits include "Vera Drake" and "Naked" (both directed by Mike Liegh), "Inkheart," "The Full Monty" and "Rita, Sue and Bob Too," and on TV she has been seen in "Cranford," "After Life," "Bob and Rose," "Clocking Off" and three series of "Playing the Field."

McGuinness recently provided a new version of Euripides' Helen and Sophocles' Oedipus for the National; his original plays include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Ghosts will be co-produced by Thelma Holt and Nica Burns. Further details and casting are to be announced.

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