Two classic films are on their way to the London stage. Veteran helmer Trevor Nunn will trade Cats for bunny rabbits with an update of Fatal Attraction. James Dearden penned the new take on the 1987 hit film about a one-night stand that turns deadly. Glenn Close and Michael Douglas starred in the movie; there’s no cast yet for the stage version which is expected to have a 15-week limited run after it opens in March at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart are producers.
Also on deck is Strangers On A Train, which will be produced by the James Bond franchise’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The original 1951 film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. It centers on Guy Haines, a man whose life takes a dangerous turn after a seemingly innocent conversation with a fellow train passenger. Per the show, “Ahead lies a lethal nightmare of blackmail and psychological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill, or to be framed for a murder he didn’t commit.” Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis, W.E.), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Christian McKay (Rush), Miranda Raison (My Week With Marilyn), Imogen Stubbs (Sense And Sensibility) and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) star. Craig Warner wrote the adaptation and Robert Allan Ackerman is directing. Also producing with Broccoli and Wilson are Lucky VIII/Lou Spisto, Frederick Zollo and Michael Rose Limited for Strangers (UK) Limited. Previews start at the Gielgud Theatre on November 2.