Shaw is joined on stage by Judge John Deed co-star Jenny Seagrove, and now plays the washed up actor with Seagrove his "country girl" wife. The pair are joined in the cast by Mark Letheren, Peter Harding, Nicholas Day, Luke Shaw and Thomasin Rand for the production, which is directed by Rufus Norris.
The Country Girl was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in 1954. The play was revived on Broadway in 2008 with Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand.
Prior to London, The Country Girl played a regional tour with dates in Windsor, Leeds, Richmond, Shrewsbury, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Malvern, Birmingham, Bath and Brighton. It replaces Howard Davies' acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Apollo.