UPDATED: This story has now been updated with confirmed West End dates.

As previously tipped (See The Goss, 24 Feb 2004), Hollywood actress Alicia Witt will bring The Shape of Things to London this spring, at last giving Neil LaBute’s critically acclaimed 2001 play its West End premiere. Following initial dates in Plymouth and Brighton, the new production will transfer to the New Ambassadors Theatre, opening on 17 May 2004 (previews from 6 May).

Witt is best known for her films Two Weeks Notice, Vanilla Sky and Mr Holland’s Opus as well as American television’s popular sitcom Cybill, with Cybill Shepherd.

In The Shape of Things, she’s joined by three young British screen actors: Enzo Cilenti (Wonderland, Late Night Shopping, 24 Hour Party People and the upcoming Colour Me Kubrick), James Murray (North Square, Clocking Off, Phoenix Blue, Kevin and Perry Go Large) and Sienna Guillory (Take a Girl Like You, The Time Machine, Late Night Shopping, Trapped).

Set on a college campus in small-town America, The Shape of Things centres on four students engaged in an intense experiment in modern love and art, where nothing is quite what it seems. The play premiered in June 2001 at London’s Almeida Theatre where it had an extended sell-out run. It later transferred to Broadway and, last year, was filmed with its original cast of Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Fred Weller and Gretchen Mol.

LaBute’s many other plays include The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here and Bash, all previously seen at the Almeida, while his screens include In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty and Possession.

The new production is directed by Julian Webber and designed by Simon Higlett. Prior to London, it plays at the Theatres Royal in Plymouth (25 March to 3 April) and Brighton (6 to 10 April). It’s produced by Kenny Wax in association with PW Productions, Lee Menzies Ltd and McLaren Burnell.

Currently at the New Ambassadors, Marie Jones’ multi award-winning Irish comedy Stones in His Pockets will finish, after four years in the West End, on 15 May 2004 (See News, 12 Feb 2004).

- by Terri Paddock

NOTE: London booking has not yet opened for this production.