James Cordon plans return to London stage
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James Cordon has announced he is to make a return to the London stage for the first time since his appearance in History Boys.
The actor, who has gone on to be well-known for his role in comedy programme Gavin and Stacey, which he co-wrote with Ruth Jones, is to perform in a new version of the play.
It is the first time that Cordon has worked with the National Theatre since he was shot to fame by his role in Alan Bennett's production in May 2004.
Although the dates for the show - in which Cordon will play the lead character of a manservant who has to struggle to keep his two employers apart - have yet to be finalised it is thought they will begin in May 2011.
His on-screen collaborator Mathew Horne made his first stage debut in 2009 when he took on a role in Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Theatre alongside Imelda Staunton.
By Jemma Howard