Oscar winner Nicole Kidman is in talks to return to the West End stage...not once, but twice! The actress revealed to The Daily Mail that she intends to star in a London production of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country adapted by Patrick Marber. Ian Rickson, who would direct the production, hopes to put the play on its feet at some point in 2015.
The film star also revealed that the negotiations in progress would have her star in two plays back-to-back (the second title unreported). “I don’t know how it’s going to work yet,” she said, “but yes, that’s the idea. Two in a row.” Kidman went on to say, “I see so many plays in London, Sydney and New York, and I’m mindful that it’s been a long time…but I’m determined to make at least one of the proposals work.”
Kidman starred in the West End previously in The Blue Room in 1998. Later that year, she reprised her performance on Broadway. She won an Oscar for her performance in The Hours and received nods for Rabbit Hole and Moulin Rouge!. Her additional film credits include Far and Away, Cold Mountain and the film adaptation of the musical Nine. In 2012, Kidman was in talks to return to Broadway in After the Dance, though plans were eventually cancelled.
A Month in the Country follows Natalya, a bored housewife of an 1840s Russian estate who falls for Aleksei, a young student who arrives to tutor her son. Her newfound affection puts her in a rivalry with her foster daughter.