Andrew Lincoln (pictured), best known to TV viewers for This Life and Teachers, and Olivier Award winner Brendan Coyle will play brothers in the Almeida’s European premiere of Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss in the new year. Directed by Almeida artistic director Michael Attenborough, the production opens on 19 January 2006 (previews from 12 January) for a limited run to 4 March 2006 (See News, 25 May 2005).

The Late Henry Moss had its world premiere in San Francisco in 2000, in a production directed by the author, and was seen in New York two years later. In the play, set near the Mexican border, the Moss brothers, Ray and Earl, return home after a long absence to confront each other, their violent past and the death of their father. Fluctuating between the present and the past, Henry comes to life and re-enacts events leading up to his mysterious death.

Lincoln, who plays Ray, has appeared on stage in Free, Hushabye Mountain, Sugar Sugar and, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Bill Nighy, in the premiere of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, transferred from the National to the West End in 2001. He’s best known for his screen credits, which also include Saving Grace, Who’s Baby and Bramwell on television and Enduring Love, Love Actually, Gangster No 1 and Human Traffic on film.

Coyle, who plays Earl, won a Best Supporting Actor Olivier for Conor McPherson’s The Weir at the Royal Court and in the West End. His other stage credits include The Silver Tassie, September Tide, A Love Song for Ulster, Battle Royal and last year’s National Theatre revival of Sam Shepard’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner Buried Child. Coyle’s screen credits include McCready and Daughter, Rebel Heart, Rockface, Thieftakers, Jericho and Shameless.

Lincoln and Coyle are joined in the cast by Trevor Cooper (Playing with Fire, A Night at the Dogs) as Henry Moss, Flaminia Cinque (The Permanent Way), Simon Gregor (currently at the Almeida in The Hypochondriac) and Jason Watkins (A Servant to Two Masters).

Shepard, also an accomplished film and stage actor, has written 45 plays to date, including True West, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, Buried Child and, currently in its UK premiere season at the Donmar Warehouse, The God of Hell. The new Almeida production is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Mark Henderson and music and sound by Adam Cork.

- by Caroline Ansdell & Terri Paddock