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Cox, Cusack, Sewell to Star in New Stoppard Play in London

A starry cast will bring the world premiere of Tom Stoppard's latest play Rock 'n' Roll to the Royal Court Theatre this summer.

Rufus Sewell, Brian Cox and Sinead Cusack will star in the play, which will run from June 3rd to July 15th as part of the 50th anniversary season at the Royal Court. It will then transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre, with dates to be announced, according to The Christopher Hampton play Embers, starring Cusack's husband Jeremy Irons, is currently running at the Duke of York's through June 24th.

Sir Trevor Nunn will direct Rock 'n' Roll, which was specifically written for the Royal Court. "Rock 'n' Roll spans the recent history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution - but from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by a Communist philosopher at Cambridge," states the article.

Stoppard, who was himself born in the former Czechloslovakia, has written a body of plays that includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, Jumpers, The Real Thing, The Invention of Love, Hapgood, The Real Inspector Hound and the trilogy The Coast of Utopia. His works are known for their intellectual depth and witty wordplay.

Sewell was featured in the original London production of Stoppard's Arcadia, and has also been seen on the West End in Luther, A Rat in the Skull and Macbeth. His film credits include Tristan and Isolde, The Legend of Zorro, A Knight's Tale, Dark City, Dangerous Beauty, Hamlet, Carrington and A Man of No Importance.

Cusack won the Evening Standard and Critics Circle awards for Best Actress for her London performance in Our Lady of Sligo, while other credits include The Mercy Seat and Antony and Cleopatra. On Broadway, she was seen in Cyrano de Bergerac and received a Tony nomination for her work in Much Ado About Nothing. Her film credits include V for Vendetta, Passion of Mind, Stealing Beauty, Revenge and Alfred the Great.

Cox won Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; other London credits include Dublin Carol, The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude. He has been seen on screen in Red Eye, Match Point, The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, X2, Adaptation, 25th Hour, The Ring, L.I.E., Rushmore and many more.

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