Martin Shaw will reprise the role of ex-secretary of state William Russell in the West End premiere of The Best Man, which opens at The Playhouse Theatre in March.
Gore Vidal’s political drama – which toured the UK last year – is about two presidential party candidates who are level in the polls for their party's nomination. All that separates an ex-Secretary of State and a populist newcomer is an endorsement from a former President.
Shaw is best known for his TV roles including Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently and The Professionals. His stage credits include Twelve Angry Men, A Man For All Seasons and The Country Girl.
Further casting to be announced.
The Best Man runs at the Playhouse Theatre from 5 March to 12 May 2018, with previews from 24 February.