Lindsay Lohan in Speed-The-Plow at the Playhouse Theatre
Hollywood Actress Starring in David Mamet’s 1988 Play from September 2014
David Mamet’s famous 1988 play Speed-the-Plow is used to attracting some high profile talent. On a previous appearance in the capital it ran at the Old Vic Theatre featured Jeff Goldblum and was directed by the venue’s Artistic Director Kevin Spacey. This time around that tradition continues as the production appears at the Playhouse Theatre with Lindsay Lohan in a lead role.
Lohan is, of course, a well known Hollywood actress and her arrival in the West End comes in a year when many high profile names are appearing, including Martin Freeman in Richard III and Ronan Keating in Once.
In Speed-The-Plow we focus on Lohan’s character of Karen, who attempts to persuade a movie producer to greenlight a particular movie based on a book. The producer is Bobby Gould, who works alongside Charlie Fox, and Karen uses her skills to convince the former to take one the film in place of another, which is bound to light up the box office. However, her replacement film is doomed to failure and it may take drastic action from Charlie to help reverse the decision.
Lindsay Lohan has appeared in a wealth of films on the other side of the Atlantic, beginning her career as a child star with movies like the remake of The Parent Trap and she has since progressed to the likes of Mean Girls, Bobby, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Machete and many others.
With Speed-The-Plow she tackles a subject with which she is familiar – Hollywood. But whilst it deals with issues based on the West Coast of the United States, it was first seen by audiences on the East, with the Royale Theatre in New York first hosting the show in 1988. It has since appeared at the Old Vic Theatre and was revived on Broadway in 2008. It is one of many productions from writer David Mamet, whose work also includes Glengarry Glen Ross (the play and the film) and movies such as The Verdict.