Pandora: Owen plots a return to the West End

By Alice-Azania Jarvis
Wednesday 20 January 2010 01:00

Get ready for a rush to the box office. Clive Owen is on the hunt for a new play to star in.

The rugged actor – currently promoting the big-screen adaptation of our very own Simon Carr's book The Boys Are Back In Town – hopes to find a previously unseen work for his West End return.

"I have been looking at some options," he told Pandora at a screening of the film on Monday.

"I haven't been on stage for quite a while so it's really about finding a role I have a huge appetite to play.

"It is a big commitment taking on a theatre play, and I've just started to look at the idea. I have to find something I am really interested in."

The news will no doubt thrill London's theatreland; last time the classically trained Owen was seen treading the boards it was in Patrick Marber's phenomenally successful romantic drama, Closer.

"It would be good if it was a new play," explains Owen. "It is always exciting to do new writing."

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No such thing as bad publicity?

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Over to Livia, on the red carpet

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