Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston is hoping to return to the West End stage after a seven-year absence in a new production of ‘the Scottish play’. Throwing thespian superstition to the wind, the actor revealed in the Independent: “I’m going to do Macbeth in the West End if we can pull the deal together (with producer Sonia Friedman). It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 12.” Friedman produced the play in the West End five years ago, in a production directed by Edward Hall and starring Sean Bean in the title role. Eccleston hopes that rather than “a vanity piece”, the new production will “do something that’s a radical take on it”.

The actor was last seen in the West End in a 2000 revival of Strindberg’s Miss Julie at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Following his elevated status with the first series of the new Doctor Who, he was due to play Christopher Marlowe in a revival of Peter Whelan’s historical thriller The School of Night at the Comedy Theatre in February 2006, but the run was cancelled at the las minute due to funding problems (See News, 9 Jan 2006).