The production is set to begin performances at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 8th October 2024.
It has been announced that seven-time BAFTA Award winner Steve Coogan will lead the cast in the upcoming world premiere of the stage adaptation of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove.
Co-adapted by Armando Iannucci, known for his BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning work including The Thick of It and Veep, and award winner Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote) who also directs, the dark comedy explores the consequences of a rogue US General who triggers a nuclear crisis.
Coogan is known for his portrayal of the iconic character Alan Partridge, which transitioned from radio to TV, earning him multiple BAFTA and British Comedy Awards. Recent work includes TV appearances in The Reckoning and Chivalry in 2022, as well as Stephen in 2021. He also starred in Saxondale in 2006, Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2007, and The Simpsons in 2012. Talking about being part of the production he said: The idea of putting Dr Strangelove on stage is daunting. A huge responsibility. It’s also an exciting challenge, an opportunity to bring this timeless classic to a new audience. Knowing that I will be part of a creative team led by Sean Foley and Armando Iannucci means I will be working with the best people.”
Iannuci added: “It’s a tale of our time and it needs one of the most amazing talents of our time to tell it: I’ve seen Steve Coogan close-up for many years now, and can tell you that no-one gets right under the skin of a character the way he does. There’s a total focus on how each character would speak and move and even think, added to which is an instinctive comic timing and dramatic charisma that’s second to none.”
Further cast and creative team have yet to be announced.