We've just received some good news about a new stage role for James, so I thought I'd start this new theater thread.
Big screen leading man James McAvoy is ending several months of selfimposed exile and easing his way back into the limelight - with a return to the stage.
The actor will star with Nigel Harman in Richard Greenberg's poignant drama Three Days Of Rain in the West End early in the New Year, a decade after it was premiered in London with Colin Firth.
Julia Roberts appeared in a Broadway version a couple of years ago but it depresses me to even recall that one.
But with McAvoy and Harman, Three Days Of Rain is in good hands. Both began their careers in the theatre and return as often as they can. Interestingly, before they were 'names', both appeared at the Donmar in Privates On Parade.
Previews for Three Days Of Rain start at the Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue on January 30, with an official first night on February 10.
The play, a favourite of mine, is very much about parents and children. In the first act, a brother and sister, along with a childhood friend, meet up at a Manhattan apartment to discuss the legacy of their parents.
They notice a diary entry which reads, intriguingly, 'three days of rain'.
'It could mean absolutely anything,' said Caro Newling, one of the producers, who runs Neal Street Productions with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris.
In the second act we go back in time and discover what those four little words refer to.
Both McAvoy and Harman get to play the fathers of the characters they play in the first act.
The play's director, Jamie Lloyd, and other producers Nick Frankfort and Tobias Round are in the process of casting the play's third, and only female, role.
I was on the German location of McAvoy's most recent picture, The Last Station, and the actor told me how he wanted to 'disappear' and take a break for a few months after having shot The Last King Of Scotland, Atonement, Wanted and other movies back to back without a proper break.
Rehearsals for Three Days will start after the Yuletide holidays.
Feel free to post any info or reviews of the play!