Fellow SRB admirer and theatre trotter Abigail, just emailed me today of the wonderful news that Simon Russell Beale is going to be awfully busy performing in the London stage at least until next year as he is set to star in a revamped version of Ira Levin’s Death Trap to be directed by Matthew Warchus and will open at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre in September 2010.
According to What’s On Stage, Simon Russell Beale will play Sidney, a once-celebrated thrillers author who’s now suffering from writer’s block. While waiting for inspiration, he receives a brilliant script from one of his former writing students, Clifford. The temptation is too much. With the help of his wife Myra, Sidney plots to murder his protégé and market the young man’s sure-fire thriller as his own. But, as in any good thriller, twists and turns follow in abundance.
There are talks as to who will play Clifford and the names of actors Zachary Quinto (last seen in Star Trek and telly’s Heroes) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight) have been mentioned, but surely, we dont need actors who have starred in big movies to flock to the theatre, having Simon Russell Beale in any play is enough incentive.
So with the National Theatre’s revival of Dion Boucicault’sLondon Assurance scheduled for March 2010, then Death Trap in September, there’s just going to be a lot of SRB, and no I am not complaining!