Clive Owen is returning to the West End stage for the first time in 18 years in a revival of Tennessee Williams‘ play The Night Of The Iguana.
The Children of Men actor will play Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon, a defrocked priest-turned-tour guide staying at a dilapidated hotel perched high in a rainforest above the west coast of Mexico, where he had been leading a tour of middle-aged Baptist women.
He will star alongside former Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn who will be playing Maxine Faulk, who runs the hotel, while The Crown’s Lia Williams will portray spinster Hannah Jelkes and Game of Thrones‘ Julian Glover will act as Nonno.
“It’s such a fantastic play, and a fantastic part,” Owen told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. “This one feels really ripe to (re)introduce, and remind everybody what a beautiful piece of writing it is.”
Although he’s been away from the London stage for 18 years, he made his Broadway debut in 2015, his first stage production in 13 years.
“I was reawakened by doing Old Times. I was petrified…because I had been away from the stage for so long. It was to remind myself that I studied for this at (acting school) RADA, and it was like: ‘Oh, my gosh. I’m back on stage!'” he said.
The production opens on 6 July (19) at the Noel Coward Theatre.