And, although the critics have yet to give their verdict, Lowe has already become one of the West End’s most warmly welcomed U.S. imports. After having reiterated his determination to stay to the city after the July 7 London bomb attacks, he was paid a surprise visit in his dressing room by the British Prime Minster, Tony Blair. Blair thanked him for setting such a good example. Now Lowe will see if audiences feel as well-disposed.
The production reunites Lowe with his writer on the popular TV series "The West Wing," Aaron Sorkin. Lowe has had a stage career — he appeared on Broadway in 1992 in A Little Hotel On the Side, but he's best known for his screen credits, including "The Outsiders" and "St. Elmo's Fire."
The play — which depicts a military trial, as Lowe's character seeks to defend two soldiers accused of killing a colleague — was made into a film in 1992 starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. It debuted on Broadway in 1989 starring Tom Hulce.
David Esbjornson directs the London production. He has become a Broadway regular in recent years with The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?; and Bobbi Boland.
Suranne Jones will play Lt. Cdr. Joanne Galloway, the role played in the movie by Demi Moore. She’s best known in the U.K. for her regular role in the TV soap “Coronation Street.” Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus and Actors Touring Company founding member Jack Ellis plays Col. Nathan R. Jessep, the part Jack Nicholson played in the film.
Also in the cast are Michael Beckley, Nick Court, Dan Fredenburgh, Jonathan Guy Lewis, Will Huggins, Andrew Maud, Robert D.Phillips, Charles Roe, Michael Wildman, Peter Brooked, Jason Durran, Les Kenny-Green, Stephanie Langton and Patrick Poletti.
Set design is by Michael Pavelka. Costumes are by Beth Hope Clancy, with lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
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