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‘Postman’ rings Kilmer

Thesp joins West End's male list

LONDON — Add Val Kilmer to the ever-lengthening list of Hollywood celebs who want a taste of London’s West End.

Thesp starts performances May 24 at the Playhouse Theater in Andrew Rattenbury’s adaptation of “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” the Depression-era novel by James M. Cain.

The production, directed by Lucy Bailey, will open around June 8 for a skedded 10-week run.

Rattenbury’s stage version was first seen last fall at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, with local thesp Patrick O’Kane in the role to be taken by Kilmer.

“Postman” casts Kilmer as Frank Chambers, the drifter played by Jack Nicholson in the 1981 film (itself a remake of the 1946 feature adaptation of Cain’s novel). Charlotte Emmerson inherits the role of Cora Papadakis, the roadhouse wife played onscreen by Jessica Lange and, before her, Lana Turner.

Rupert Gavin is the producer on behalf of Incidental Colman, Ambassador Theater Group and Maidstone Prods., in association with Hilary Williams.

Kilmer’s casting comes the same week that David Schwimmer arrived to start rehearsing his West End debut in Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s)” and Brooke Shields revs up for her London preem in tuner “Chicago,” playing Roxie Hart.

Kilmer has numerous stage credits in the U.S., from the Jacobean bloodbath ” ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” Off Broadway to Moses in critically derided tuner “The Ten Commandments” last fall in Los Angeles.

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