Lindsay Lohan to make West End stage debut

The child star will appear in David Mamet's satirical drama Speed-the-Plow

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Former wild child Lindsay Lohan is set to make her stage debut in the West End – in a play about the hysteria of Hollywood.

Producers announced Thursday that the Mean Girls and Freaky Friday star will be stepping into the shoes of Madonna to make her professional theatrical debut in David Mamet's satirical drama Speed-the-Plow.

Further casting details are yet to be announced.

The 27-year-old, who has had well-documented troubles with alcohol, drugs and the law, will take the relatively small but complex role of ambitious secretary Karen in the drama about two Hollywood producers trying to close a major deal.

In the original 1988 New York production the role was played by “Like A Virgin” singer Madonna.

Lindsay Posner is to direct the remake; he has directed more Mamet plays than any other director, including Oleanna with Julia Stiles and Aaron Eckhart, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Kelly Reilly.

Lohan has had six stints in rehab and several brief periods in jail, and recently appeared in her own reality TV show. Her most recent movie was the universally panned The Canyons.

Mamet is one of America's most respected dramatists and the author of critically-acclaimed plays including Glengarry Glen Ross.

He has worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter on films including The Untouchables, Hoffa and Hannibal.

Speed-the-Plow will run at the Playhouse Theatre from 24 September to 29 November.

Additional reporting by agencies

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