DAILYMAIL.CO.UK – Nicole Kidman has revealed that she is in discussions to return to the London stage, scene of one of her greatest triumphs, to star in a classic play about an unhappily married woman in love with a younger man.
The Oscar-winning actress explained that she is involved in ‘complex negotiations’ that may see her appearing in two plays ‘one after the other’.
She told me: ‘I don’t know how it’s going to work yet, but yes, that’s the idea. Two in a row.’
The production that appears to be on the faster track is Turgenev’s A Month In The Country, which is being adapted by Patrick Marber.
Ian Rickson, former artistic chief of the Royal Court, will direct the play, hopefully sometime in 2015.
Nicole did not discuss the dramas, but stressed that she was serious about treading the boards 16 years after she wowed London when she was directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse in David Hare’s The Blue Room.
Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph’s reviewer, was so excited he famously dubbed the play ‘theatrical Viagra’.
‘I see so many plays in London, Sydney and New York, and I’m mindful that it’s been a long time, but life and other work have conspired to keep me away,’ said Nicole.
‘But I’m determined to make at least one of the proposals work. Who knows? Both of the proposals might come together.’
A couple of years ago there was chatter about her going to New York to be in Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance, but that never panned out.
‘Everything is being done to make the plays happen,’ Nicole insisted. ‘There’s commitment from me and everyone involved.’
She said husband Keith Urban and their two youngest children, Faith Margaret and Sunday Rose, would move to London with her once dates had been settled. Nicole will have further discussions with Rickson and producer Sonia Friedman when she’s in town in October to film Michael Grandage’s debut feature Genius, in which she will appear with Colin Firth and Jude Law.
In A Month In The Country, Nicole would play Natalya, mercurial wife of a wealthy Russian estate owner. Bored, she falls in love with her son’s young tutor — but her ward is also in love with the man.
Nicole was a big admirer of Rickson’s production of The Seagull, which ran at the Royal Court and on Broadway with Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas.
She joked that it was my fault she was planning a return to the stage. ‘I always feel guilty that I haven’t been back, so I said to myself: “I can now look Baz in the eye and tell him ‘Yes’ for a change!”?’