Cast Announced for Premiere of LaBute's LatestDate: 27 April 2001
The full cast details for Neil LaBute's latest play The Shape of Things, which opens at the Almeida At King's Cross on 30 May, has been announced. As reported previously in Whatsonstage.com, Hollywood star Rachel Weisz is among the major players involved, as is Paul Rudd. Previews commence on 24 May and the show will run until 23 June.
Also joining Weisz and Rudd in the company are Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller. Mol, who is making her British stage debut, has performed in US productions of Bus Stop, An Actor's Nightmare and No Exit. Weller is also performing here for the first time, but The Little Foxes and The Rehearsal are both among his Broadway credits. Rudd was recently seen in the West End in Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Lyric, and his film work includes The Cider House Rules and Romeo and Juliet.
Weisz, whose movie career highlights include The Mummy, Stealing Beauty and Enemy at the Gates, last appeared on the London stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Suddenly Last Summer. Her other theatre work includes Design for Living and The Courtesans.
The Shape of Things claims to "peel back the skin of two modern relationships, revealing all the meat and gristle that lies below." It also aims to pose such questions as, "How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change?" LaBute will direct the play himself, with set designs by Giles Cradle and costumes by Lynette Meyer.
The playwright's other works include Filthy Talk for Troubled Times and Rounder. His most recent film, Possession, based on AS Byatt's novel, will be released later this year. The Almeida previously presented the British premiere of LaBute's bash, directed by Joe Mantello, in January 2000.
- by Gareth Thompson