Two cinematic classics are to be adapted for the West End stage over the next six months. Fatal Attraction, the 1987 Oscar-nominated thriller starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, will be directed by Trevor Nunn, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2014 with casting details yet to be announced.
The theatre adaptation will be penned by the movie’s original screenwriter, James Dearden, and will recount the tale of married lawyer Dan Gallagher whose family are stalked by his former mistress after he ends their brief affair.
Meanwhile, Barbara Broccoli will produce a play based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 classic Strangers on a Train. The Bond producer will work alongside director Robert Allan Ackerman on a production starring Laurence Fox (Lewis) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), reuniting the pair on the West End stage for the first time since 2002 when they starred together in Mrs Warren’s Profession.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1950 novel, they will appear as two strangers whose chance encounter on a train spirals into a journey of blackmail and psychological torment. Imogen Stubbs, Miranda Raison and MyAnna Buring will also appear when the play opens at the Gielgud Theatre this November.