Actor Brian Cox (pictured) will return to the Scottish stage – and Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum - for the first time in more than a decade next month.

Cox was last seen in the 1993 Lyceum production of Ibsen’s The Master Builder. He’ll return to take the title role in Uncle Varick - a new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya written by fellow Scotsman John Byrne (whose Slab Boys Trilogy was recently revived at the Traverse) – which runs from 16 April to 8 May 2004 (See News, 26 Sep 2003).

Uncle Varick relocates Chekhov’s original to northeast Scotland in 1964. When Varick's famous and successful brother returns to the family estate with his trophy wife, a story unfolds of unrequited desire and unfulfilled dreams.

Born in Dundee, Scotland in 1946, Cox has become well known internationally for his many films, including Manhunter, Adaptation, The Ring, X-Men and The Bourne Identity as well as his TV appearances in the likes of Minder, Inspector Morse, Red Dwarf and Frasier. He was last seen on the London stage in the 2000 premiere of Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol.

Cox is joined in the cast of Uncle Varick by David Ashton, Isabel Brook, Richard Dillane, Kay Gallie, Edith MacArthur, Bill Murdoch and Madeleine Worrall. The production is directed by Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson and designed by Byrne himself.

- by Terri Paddock