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Schwimmer signs up for London legit bow

'Friends' star to appear in LaBute's 'Some Girls'

LONDON — David Schwimmer will make his U.K. legit debut in May, playing one man surrounded by four women in Neil LaBute’s latest play, “Some Girls,” at the Gielgud Theater.

Helmer David Grindley’s production will start rehearsals April 11 and begin previews May 12. Opening night for the 13-week run is May 24.

It’s another high-profile London legit outing for a star of TV’s “Friends,” following Matthew Perry’s West End stand two seasons ago in David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.”

Co-producer Clare Lawrence told Daily Variety that Saffron Burrows (“Miss Julie”) was in advanced discussions to play one of the former girlfriends of Schwimmer’s central character, who’s known simply as “the man.”

Lawrence and Anna Waterhouse’s Out of the Blue are lead producers on the venture, which is expected to cost about $800,000.

LaBute is on view virtually everywhere at the moment. His recent Off Broadway opening “Fat Pig” precedes next month’s “This Is How It Goes” Off Broadway, which will headline Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Wright and Marisa Tomei. Latter play arrives at London’s Donmar Warehouse at the end of May in a different staging, opening one week after “Some Girls.”

“Some Girls” will mark the first time LaBute has been commercially produced in London, following numerous productions of his work at the not-for-profit Almeida.

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