Billie Piper is to star in a new play based on the Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca’s Yerma.

Considered the greatest Spanish playwright of the twentieth century, Lorca’s masterpiece tells the story of a woman whose fierce desire to be a mother is met with painful indifference by her husband, provoking a desperate reaction.

Piper will make her Young Vic debut in the title role. Her previous theatre credits include Great Britain, The Effect (National Theatre) for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Actress, Reasons To Be Pretty (Almeida) and Treats (Garrick).

This contemporary version of Lorca’s play will be written and directed Simon Stone and will be the Australian director’s first original work for the UK.

The production will feature design by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Alice Babidge, light by James Farncombe and music and sound by Stefan Gregory.

Yerma will run from 28 July 2016 until 24 September 2016 at the Young Vic Theatre.