Warren to join stage version of 'Cool Hand Luke'

LONDON — Small-screen stars Robert Sheehan and Marc Warren will topline London legit productions this fall.

Sheehan, a young rising star thanks to the huge Brit success of Clerkenwell Films/E4 super-powers drama skein “Misfits,” plus movies including “Killing Bono” and Nicolas Cage starrer “The Season of the Witch,” will play the title character in “The Playboy of the Western World” at Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic theater. Previewing from Sept. 17 ahead of a Sept. 27 press night, the production is helmed by John Crowley (Broadway’s “A Steady Rain,” “The Pillowman’) and designed by Scott Pask.

Marc Warren plays the lead in a stage adaptation of “Cool Hand Luke,” from the 1965 novel by U.S. scribe Donn Pearce who also penned the screenplay for the 1967 movie starring Paul Newman. Best known for three series of the BBC’s “Hustle,” Warren’s most recent legit credit was in Terry Johnson’s West End revival of “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.”

The stage adaptation by Emma Reeves is produced by Novel Theater whose a.d. Andrew Loudon helms the production previewing at the Aldwych theater from Sept. 23 with a Oct. 3 press night.

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