Laurence Fox in Strangers On A Train at the Gielgud Theatre
Jack Huston and Imogen Stubbs Also Starring in the Stage Version of Patricia Highsmith’s Novel Best Known as a 1951 Hitchcock Movie
It looks like the Criterion Theatre won’t be the only place in the West End to witness a story made famous from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. From November 2013 audiences that have enjoyed The 39 Steps will be able to head to the Gielgud Theatre to witness Strangers On A Train with Laurence Fox and Jack Huston. They will portray characters made famous by Farley Granger and Robert Walker in Hitchcock’s 1951 movie.
The production will replace the ongoing performances of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, which stars Toby Stephens.
In Strangers On A Train we are introduced to the character of Guy Haines (Fox), who embarks on a train journey and strikes up a seemingly innocent conversation with a fellow passenger called Charles Bruno. But Charles is more than he first appears and soon Guy is faced with blackmail, torment and threats as his whole world is turned upside down.
Hitchcock’s movie is famous for a scene towards the end involving an out-of-control carousel and the death-defying feat a fairground worker undertakes to fix it.
Laurence Fox is a very experienced actor whose career has included an array of television, film and stage productions and is probably best known for screen roles in Lewis and Gosford Park. However, his work has also included Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Becoming Jane and The Hole. Audiences that have picked up theatre tickets over the years might also have seen him in Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre in 2012, Treats at the Garrick Theatre in 2006 and ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre), among others.
The rest of the cast includes Jack Huston, who starred with Fox in Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Strand Theatre in 2002, Imogen Stubbs, Miranda Raison, Christian McKay and Myanna Buring. Robert Allan Ackerman directs from Craig Warner’s script.
Audiences can catch Strangers On A Train at the Gielgud Theatre from Saturday 2nd November 2013 with initial bookings to Saturday 22nd February 2014. Meanwhile, audiences wanting to witness another Hitchcock-related show in the capital can still catch The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre.