Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott to Star in London Heroes | Playbill

News Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott to Star in London Heroes
Richard Griffiths will follow his Olivier Award-winning turn in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys (which he is currently filming) with a role penned by another senior British playwright.

Tom Stoppard has adapted Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras. John Hurt and Ken Stott will join Griffiths in the cast. The play is set to open on Oct. 18, with previews beginning Oct. 7, at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. It debuted in Paris in 2003 as Le Vent De Peupliers. The plot depicts three veteran soldiers who plan to escape from a French military hospital.

Of the three actors, Hurt and Griffiths are the best known, thanks to their substantial movie credits as well as their stage and TV work. Griffiths became something of a cult figure when he played the fearsome Uncle Monty in “Withnail and I,” while Hurt has appeared in such films as "The Elephant Man" and, more recently, “The Naked Civil Servant”. Both have graced the “Harry Potter” series.

Stott got a long-running above-the-title part in the TV show “Messiah.” He bagged an Olivier for Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, and has appeared in plays such as Art, The Rose Tattoo and The Prince’s Play.

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