Screen star Richard Schiff and stage fave Nigel Lindsay will join the previously reported Lindsay Lohan in the West End’s upcoming Speed-the Plow. The David Mamet play, directed by Lindsay Posner (that’s three Lindsays, if you’re keeping track,) will begin performances on September 24 and run through November 29 at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Opening night is set for October 2.
Schiff’s TV and film credits include The West Wing, Man of Steel, Before I Disappeared, Fire with Fire, Decoding Annie Parker, Made in Dagenham and The Infidel. Lindsay received an Olivier nomination for his performance as the title role in Shrek. His additional stage credits include Dealer’s Choice, Guys and Dolls and The Real Thing. He can currently be seen in the National Theatre’s A Small Family Business.
Speed-the-Plow focuses on two high-powered Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox (Lindsay) and Bobby Gould (Schiff), who have come up from the mailroom together. Charlie brings Bobby a surefire hit with a major star attached. Bobby seems certain to give the green light, until his beautiful new secretary (Lohan) gets involved. The play premiered on Broadway in 1988, starring Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna (but you knew that, right?), and London in 1989. It was revived in the West End in 2000 and at London's Old Vic in 2008. A Broadway revival played the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2008.