Actor Richard Dreyfuss is preparing to return to the West End stage – four years after he was sensationally fired from musical The Producers.
The Jaws star has been coaxed back into theatre work by Kevin Spacey, who is the artistic director at London’s Old Vic Theatre, to star in the venue’s new play Complicit.
Dreyfuss’ last experience in stage work ended in embarrassment following his dismissal from Mel Brooks’ The Producers in 2004.
Theatre bosses at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane stated Dreyfuss was unable to “to fulfil the rigours of the role” due to a shoulder injury.
And the actor, who is currently garnering praise for his turn as Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone’s W, can’t wait to prove his worth to theatregoers.
He joked: “I’m very excited to have a chance of not being fired before the opening.”
And Oscar winner Spacey is glad to have a fellow Academy Award honoree on board for the project.
He said: “I’m thrilled that we are being given this opportunity to work together. It’s great that he’s coming to London and I think audiences are in for a real treat.”
The play, in which Dreyfuss will play an award-winning reporter who battles the US Supreme Court over his freedom of press beliefs, will kick-off in January 2009.
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