Reports from the Venice Film Festival suggest that Nicole Kidman is set to make her return to the London stage - in three separate productions.
Famously called "pure theatrical Viagra" by one London critic on her West End debut in Sam Mendes' production of David Hare's The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse in 1998, there have been persistent and conflicting rumours of her return. Recent speculation suggested Trevor Nunn and the National Theatre had been ousted in favour of Sam Mendes and the Donmar.
It now appears that she will perform in productions at both the Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre in 2002. "There will be two productions at the Donmar, both directed by Sam Mendes," she said to the Evening Standard Newspaper. Moreover, her appearance at the National is now scheduled for 2002: "I'm doing Lady From The Sea with Trevor at the National next year."
Ms Kidman is keeping the details of the two new productions at the Donmar under wraps, but they will be directed by Sam Mendes, with whom she has remained friends since he directed her in the hugely successful production of The Blue Room. A spokesman for the Donmar, which has previously refused to comment on Ms Kidman's speculated return, said: "They are in very early talks about doing something together, but it is at least a year away."