Archer - who follows in the footsteps of fellow Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner, Texan model Jerry Hall and British siren Amanda Donohoe, currently in the role - will, at 53, be the oldest Mrs Robinson yet.
Archer is best known for playing Michael Douglas' betrayed wife in the 1987 hit film Fatal Attraction. Her other film credits include Short Cuts, Rules of Engagement, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games and Body of Evidence. On stage, Archer has appeared in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Poison Tree and A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.
The part of Mrs Robinson was first made famous by Anne Bancroft in Mike Nichols' 1967 film about a young man who has an affair with an older woman and then falls in love with her daughter. Turner originated the role on stage last April, when the stage version of The Graduate premiered at the Gielgud, and caused a sensation by appearing naked in one - albeit brief and dimly lit - scene.
The Graduate is written by Terry Johnson, adapted from the original novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Johnson also directs, with design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Mike Walker. The Graduate is produced in the West End by John Reid and Sacha Brooks.
- by Terri Paddock