Jude Law First Choice for Withnail and I Stage Adaptation

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A stage adaptation of the cult British film "Withnail and I" is being planned, with Jude Law possibly playing the role of the dissolute British actor.

Patrick Meehan, chairman of HandMade Films who made the 1987 film, told the London Evening Standard that Law has been approached for the part because Richard E. Grant would be too old for the stage adaptation — as is Paul McGann, who also appeared in the movie. The show, which it is thought would open outside London next spring before transferring to the West End, would be produced by HandMade Films and impresario Laurence Myers, who staged the London transfer of the Broadway revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin.

Myers is also behind the current West End revival of Mack and Mabel starring David Soul and Janie Dee.

Age, however, would be no barrier to Richard Griffiths reprising his performance as Uncle Monty. Griffiths is currently appearing in the New York transfer of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre.

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