Thomas and Hoskins Are As You Desire Them in the West End, Starting Oct. 21

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Kristin Scott Thomas and Bob Hoskins will star in Pirandello's As You Desire Me in the West End, beginning previews Oct. 21 for an Oct. 27 opening.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas

The play has been given a new adaptation by Hugh Whitemore. The director of As You Desire Me is former Almeida boss Jonathan Kent. Also in the cast are Margaret Tyzack, John Carlisle, Richard Lintern and Finbar Lynch.

The tricky plots of Luigi Pirandello have found new popularity in London in recent years, with high-profile revivals of Six Characters In Search of an Author, Absolutely (Perhaps) and, at the Donmar, Henry IV. Once adapted for a 1932 Greta Garbo movie, As You Desire Me depicts a nightclub singer who may be an amnesiac (though she may not be) and isn’t sure who her husband is.

The show plays at the Playhouse. It's a return to the West End for BAFTA-winner Scott Thomas (who only made her belated Theatreland debut in 2003). Hoskins is a more experienced London stage-hound, with credits including Old Wicked Songs in 1996, and a huge success in the Richard Eyre-directed Guys And Dolls at the National Theatre in 1982.

They’re both also stars of the big screen. Hoskins has starred in movies including The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa. Scott Thomas is best known for films such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "The English Patient."

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