Alyson Hannigan, of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and American Pie fame, will star opposite fellow Hollywood import Luke Perry (from Beverley Hills 90210) in the world premiere stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally, which opens 20 February 2004 (previews from 10 February) at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, where it’s booking up to 29 May 2004 (See News, 1 Dec 2003).

Rob Reiner's 1989 film of When Harry Met Sally starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as one-time college classmates who move to New York and, over many years, hate each other, become friends and, against their own better judgments, eventually fall in love.

Hannigan, who plays Sally to Perry’s Harry, is best known for her screen roles as witch Willow in the cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and as Michelle in the film series, American Pie, including the most recent American Wedding. Since making her debut at the age of 13 in the 1988 film My Stepmother is an Alien, Hannigan has appeared in more than 20 films.

Playwright Marcy Kahan has adapted the original Nora Ephron screenplay. The premiere stage production will be directed by Loveday Ingram, whose previous West End credits include My One and Only, The Blue Room and Bedroom Farce. Design is by Ultz, with music by Jamie and Ben Cullum. When Harry Met Sally is produced by James Tod.

- by Terri Paddock