Remember the guy from ‘The Princess Bride’ that kept saying ‘Inconceivable!’ over and over again? Or the excitable dinosaur Rex from the ‘Toy Story’ films? Or the love-struck teacher Mr Hall from 'Clueless'? Then you’ll know Wallace Shawn. And the National Theatre have just announced that the American polymath writer, director and actor will star in the world premiere of his own play at the National Theatre this November.
‘Evening At the Talk House’ is set in a genteel club called The Talk House, which is presided over by Nellie – played by Anna Calder-Marshall. The cryptic blurb suggests an awkward reunion of sorts between a playwright, a composer, an actress and a beaten up former TV star.
Shawn, who has been working on stage and screen for the last forty years, will be joined by American actors Joseph Mydell (who won an Olivier Award for ‘Angels in America’ in 1993), Josh Hamilton, Stuart Milligan and British actors Simon Shepherd, Anna Calder-Marshall and Naomi Wirthner alongside the previously announced Sinead Matthews. The show will be directed by the very excellent 'Jerusalem' director Ian Rickson.
'Evening at the Talk House' runs at the National Theatre, Dorfman from November 17 – Jan 23.