Oscar winning actor Al Pacino is to return to the London stage in 2016 in a new production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

Al Pacino as King Herod in recent movie "Wilde Salome"

Al Pacino as King Herod in recent movie “Wilde Salome”

Al Pacino will take on the role of King Herod in a major new production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome in London in Spring 2016, produced by Robert Fox (The Audience).

It will be the first time Pacino has performed in London for 30 years, since his performance in David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1984.

Pacino has a passion for Wilde’s play, having performed in semi-staged readings in New York and LA, and has recently made a film and documentary of the LA staging of Salome called “Wilde Salome”, starring Jessica Chastain. The movie opened earlier this month.

He told Baz in the Daily Mail that the London production of Salome promises to be “more decadent” than any of his preceding stagings, and will be a fully staged production. The hunt is currently on to find a newcomer to play the role of Salome alongside his Herod.

Pacino is much inspired by Steven Berkoff’s acclaimed 1988 production of Salome at the Gate in Dublin, and National Theatre revival in 1989.

Salome in London is expected to be directed by Robert Allan Ackerman.

Al Pacino was in London this week to be given the highest honour by the British Film Institute, the BFI Fellowship.

Ahead of appearing in Salome in London, Pacino is scheduled to tread the Broadway boards again, possible in a new David Mamet play.

Salome will open in London in Spring 2016.

Main source: Daily Mail (25/09/14)

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#3453511 American actor Al Pacino stars as Walter Cole in the David Mamet play ‘American Buffalo’ at the Duke of York theatre, London, 1984. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) / gettyimages.com