Gary Oldman hints at West End return in Terence Rattigan play

Gary Oldman

BAFTA Award-winning actor Gary Oldman has hinted that he might be making a return to the West End stage, and wants to star in a Terence Rattigan play.

Oldman, who on Sunday won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, told the Evening Standard he was “flirting with” the idea of returning to the London stage, which is where he established himself as an actor.

His career has been littered with West End appearances, such as Robert David Macdonald’s Summit Conference opposite Glenda Jackson in 1982. He performed in a number of plays at the Royal Court throughout the 1980s but hasn’t been seen on stage in a number of years.

Oldman told the Evening Standard he would like to return to the stage to star in Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version.    

He said: “I’m flirting with coming back, I love the stage and the theatre. One of these days, now I’m the right age, I’d like Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version.”

In the play, Andrew Crocker-Harris is a classics teacher at a boys’ school in England and, after 18 years of working at the school, decides to move on. Despite not being liked much by his students, one of the boys gives him a parting give that makes the teacher reflect on his past and re-evaluate his future.

The Browning Version was last seen in London in 2012 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and starred Nicholas Farrell as the play’s central teacher.

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore (flickr)

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