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Winslet eyes ‘Bash’ as U.K. sets Rudd, Eldard

Show bows in London Feb. 2

NEW YORK — Kate Winslet is in negotiations to play the roles Calista Flockhart essayed off-Broadway, when Neil LaBute’s “Bash” travels to London for a Feb. 2 premiere at the Almeida Theatre.

Paul Rudd and Ron Eldard are reprising their roles from this summer’s New York production, under the direction of Joe Mantello, the Gotham stager who is making his British debut with the project.

In the trio of one-acts, the Flockhart stint involved two roles: a solo turn in “Media Redux,” in which a woman details her harrowing adolescent affair with a schoolteacher, and “A Gaggle of Saints,” which featured Rudd and Flockhart as Mormon college students who become embroiled in a bit of gay bashing. Eldard starred in the middle one-act, “Iphigenia in Orem,” in which a businessman confesses to a horrific crime.

Jonathan Kent, co-artistic director of the Almeida, confirmed the casting of Rudd and Eldard, but with regard to the Flockhart roles, would say only that a British actress is to be cast in the very near future.

Phone calls to Winslet’s agent, Hylda Queally at WMA, were not returned.

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