Comedian and actor Phil Nichol stars in the first major London revival of Sam Shepard’s 1994 psychological thriller Simpatico, which opens this week’s at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington. Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Nichol’s previous London stage credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Christian Slater and Boy George musical Taboo in the West End. At the Edinburgh Fringe, where he regularly appears, his acting credits include 12 Angry Men, Talk Radio, Killer Joe and The Zoo Story, for which he won The Stage Award for Best Actor in 2005. Nichol has also had continued success as stand-up comic. In 2006, he won Edinburgh’s If.comedy Award (formerly the Perrier Prize) for his stand-up show The Naked Racist.