An actor gives up the lead role he has played for nearly four years and the next thing you know, he’s turned to murder. Matt Smith, who has traveled time and space on the science-fiction TV series “Doctor Who,” is putting down his sonic screwdriver and picking up some sharper, Earth-made implements to play the bloodthirsty Patrick Bateman in a London stage musical adaptation of “American Psycho,” its press representatives said on Monday.
The “American Psycho” musical, adapted from the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel about a mentally unbalanced young professional, will be presented at Almeida Theater from Dec. 3 through Jan. 25. It features a score by Duncan Sheik, the Tony Award-winning composer of “Spring Awakening,” and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has also written for “Glee” and contributed to the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” (Mr. Ellis’s novel was adapted as a 2000 film starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.)
Doctor Who star Alex Kingston will join Kenneth Branagh to play that famously bewitched couple the Macbeths.
The actors, who cut their theatrical teeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will lead the Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, which will be performed in a deconsecrated church in the city centre, from July 5 for just a two-week run — though there will be a one-off live broadcast on July 20.
Alex often returns to the stage — she was in Michael Grandage’s production of Luisa Miller at the Donmar two years ago — but hasn’t been back to the Bard since playing Desdemona at the Birmingham Rep two decades ago.
Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill is among the cast of thespians who’ll be bringing a selection of classic plays to the big screen this autumn, when three stage productions filmed at London’s Globe Theatre are screened in cinemas.
Shakespeare’s Globe has teamed up with Arts Alliance Media to release HD recordings of the Bard’s plays All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus theatrically in Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand in a season of films dubbed Globe on Screen.
As well as Darvill, who plays Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus, the films also include the likes of King’s Speech actress Eve Best taking centre stage in Much Ad
The Doctor Who actor trained with the National Youth Theatre as a teenager and this week visited rehearsals to surprise the 140-strong NYT cast as they put the final touches to their Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcome Ceremonies.
On becoming a Patron, Smith said: “I think from my experience the thing about the NYT is that you learn through practice. You’re out there on a stage, you’re doing a play, you’re being directed, you’re turning up for rehearsals every day and working as you would work in a professional rehearsal room. It completely transformed my life. No understatement. I’m proud to be part of it still and proud to be the organisation’s newest Patron, as I care very deeply about it.”