EW looks at American actors on the London stage -- Val Kilmer, David Schwimmer, and Kevin Spacey are burning up the boards across the Atlantic
Actors have long sought legitimacy on Broadway (hello, P. Diddy!), but lately, an increasing number of big-name American stars are hearing London calling. Here’s a look at three leading men who are currently burning up the boards across the Atlantic.
THE SHOW The Postman Always Rings Twice (Playhouse Theatre, to July 30) THE ROLE A drifter who seduces a café proprietor’s wife, then plots with her to murder her hubby. THE RAVE Kilmer ”delivers a splendid, unstarry, unselfish performance” (Nick Curtis, Evening Standard). THE RANT ”He has all the stage presence of a damp tea towel” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).
THE SHOW Some Girl(s) (Gielgud Theatre, to Aug. 13) THE ROLE A husband-to-be who visits four exes to make amends. THE RAVE ”He is handsome and charming, just as he was in Friends” (Quentin Letts, Daily Mail). THE RANT ”His line readings suggest a severely dampened-down Woody Allen” (Matt Wolf, Daily Variety).
THE SHOW The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic Theatre, to Sept. 3, excluding June 20-Aug. 6) THE ROLE Society lounge lizard C.K. Dexter Haven. THE RAVE Spacey ”reminded me of Jack Benny. . .the same dapper precision, mocking smile and immaculate comic timing” (Michael Billington, The Guardian). THE RANT ”There is always something faintly reptilian about him” (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph).