The three-hander re-opens next month at the Garrick, where it received its UK premiere this past March and continued to mid-May. Previews are scheduled to begin 13 November 2002, with a new press night expected on 20 November.
In its first London season, Youth attracted two successive sets of glittering Hollywood movie imports - Hayden Christensen, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin (first cast pictured), followed by Matt Damon, Casey (brother of Ben) Affleck and Summer (sister of River and Joaquin) Phoenix. Since its closure, rumours have abounded about various young guns - not least Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire (See The Goss, 27 Jun 2002) - keen to take on the challenge.
The plan now is to have an open-ended run featuring, à la Art, regularly refreshed casts committed to limited West End stints. The schedule will be launched by Hanks, joined by Kieran (brother of Macaulay) Culkin and Alison Lohman, who are contracted for eight weeks.
Hanks, the younger, has previously appeared in Band of Brothers and stars this year in the major film release of Orange County. The younger Culkin appeared with his brother as a child in the two Home Alone films and has also featured on screen in The Cider House Rules, The Mighty, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and the title role in the new Igby Goes Down. Lohman's screen credits include White Oleander, White Boy, Delivering Milo and Alex in Wonder.
First seen in New York in 1996, when it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, This Is Our Youth is a tragi-comedy set over a weekend in early 1980s Manhattan, where three college-aged kids from affluent families are hanging out in drugged-up squalor. The London production is directed by Laurence Boswell and designed by Jeremy Herbert, with lighting by Adam Silverman.
- by Terri Paddock