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British actor Jude Law will star in acclaimed director Ivo van Hove's new production of Obsession which will run at the Barbican Theatre in central London following a run at the Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2017.
The director, whose work was recently seen at the Barbican in Kings of War, was last week nominated for a number of Tony Awards for his revivals of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' as well as 'A View From the Bridge', which originated at the Young Vic Theatre.
Based on the 1943 Luchino Visconti film of the same name, which in turn was based on James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, Law will play Gino Costa, a 'handsome itinerant vagabond' who becomes involved in a destructive love triangle.
Jude Law was last seen in the West End as part of the Michael Grandage Season at the Noel Coward Theatre, where he played the title role in 'Henry V' in 2013. Speaking to The Guardian, Law said of the news: "I’d heard great things about Ivo van Hove and when I saw A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and then Antigone at the Barbican I knew he was someone I really wanted to have the opportunity to work with".
The production will be one of four van Hove shows at the Barbican in 2017, alongside 'Roman Tragedies' - an adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, alongside a double bill of 'After the Rehearsal' and 'Persona' based on the films of Ingmar Bergman.