Frances de la Tour to Star in World Premiere of Alan Bennett's People at London's National Theatre

Frances de la Tour, 2006 Tony Award winner for Featured Actress for her performance in the Broadway transfer of Alan Bennett's The History Boys from London's National Theatre, is returning to the National to star in a new Bennett play, called People, which is scheduled to premiere in the Lyttleton Theatre in late October.

According to a report in the UK's Daily Mail, she began discussions months ago about creating a role in the new play, and as Bennett and Nicholas Hytner, the National's artistic director who is also directing the play as he did The History Boys, worked on the script through the winter and spring, they were also in close contact with de la Tour. She also appeared in Bennett's The Habit of Art that Hytner staged after The History Boys at the National. The only thing so far reported about the play is that it is contemporary, "set in the here and now," with Hytner telling reporter Baz Bamigboye, "It’s a play by Alan Bennett and it will open in October. The plot will be revealed at its first performance."

Nicholas Le Prevost, Selina Cadell, Linda Bassett and Peter Egan have also been cast.

Further casting and exact dates are still to be confirmed. Tickets are not yet on sale.