Oh all right, we’ll bite: Recovering tabloid bait Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play Karen, an office temp with an agenda, in an upcoming London revival of David Mamet’s semi-savage Hollywood comedy Speed-The-Plow. The casting of the other two roles — the newly appointed head of production at a studio and his friend, a producer — hasn’t been announced for the show, which will have a limited run beginning in September, opening October 2 and ending on November 29 at the Playhouse Theatre with Lindsay Posner, a Mamet specialist, directing.
Lohan’s role was originated by Madonna in the 1988 premiere at Lincoln Center Theater, which also starred Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna, with direction by Gregory Mosher. Madonna pleased the critics, and the show moved to Broadway, where Silver won a Tony for his performance.
In other news from the West End, a smash revival of David Hare’s remarkable play Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, will be broadcast by the National Theatre Live, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The transmission by NT Live will first be seen in Great Britain live on July 17, followed by an international broadcast to movie theaters on Oct. 23. The Stephen Daldry production runs through August 23 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Nighy and Mulligan play former lovers, he an older self-made millionaire, she a young schoolteacher. The roles were memorably originated by Michael Gambon and Lia Williams in Richard Eyre’s 1996 Broadway production, a transfer from London. Daldry directed The Hours, Hare’s film adaptation of the Michael Cunningham novel.
In Skylight, Mulligan plays a teacher who receives a visit from a much older former lover and, later, his son, played by Matthew Beard . The play marks Mulligan’s first return to the British stage since she appeared in the 2007 Royal Court production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, with Kristin Scott Thomas.
Better than seeing the film would be having this celebrated revival of one of Hare’s most trenchant works return to Broadway.