Rob Lowe and Aaron Sorkin are going from “The West Wing” to the West End, with Lowe set to star in a revival of Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men.”
Acclaimed play, to be presented by Bill Kenwright and directed by David Esbjornson (“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”), will debut at London’s Theater Royal Haymarket on Aug. 18 and run through Dec. 17. Official opening night is Sept. 6.
Lowe and Sorkin last worked together in the Sorkin-created NBC series “The West Wing,” for which the thesp was Emmy nominated. Given Lowe’s abrupt departure from the show — he reduced his salary quote when the drama began and was not offered a raise when everyone else on the show got one — the perception might have been that he and Sorkin had a falling out. This truth, both said, is easy to handle.
“I try to make it a policy to stay on good terms with the few geniuses I know in the world,” Lowe said. “There was never a problem between us, and this was a case of kismet. I called him, and when he told me he was adapting the play for the West End, it was exactly what I wanted to do.”
Lowe will play the military prosecutor later played by Tom Cruise in the Oscar-nominated murder mystery pic that also starred Jack Nicholson. Kenwright and director Esbjornson will look to lock in an actor to play that role.
The original Off Broadway play won Sorkin the 1989 Outer Critics Circle Award for American playwright. Still, Sorkin is taking another pass at his own prose.
“I’m polishing it, bearing in mind that I wrote it about 15 years ago,” said Sorkin. He said they’d see how the London run goes before considering a transplant to Broadway. Sorkin, whose new play “The Farnsworth Invention” will debut this winter at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, is currently adapting “Charlie Wilson’s War” for Playtone and Universal.