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Saturday 26 July 2014

Doctor Who to play Psycho on stage

Matt Smith will star in a musical stage adaptation of American Psycho

Matt Smith has signed up to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in a musical stage adaptation of American Psycho.

The Doctor Who star, who will bow out of the BBC One show in the 2013 Christmas special, will sing on stage in the reworking of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel.

Published in 1991, the novel sparked calls for it to be banned and it was criticised for being misogynistic and for its graphic scenes of violence but went on to become a cult classic .

In 2000, Hollywood actor Christian Bale played Bateman, the book's narrator and wealthy, psychopathic New York investment banking executive who embarks on a killing spree, in the American Psycho film.

The musical thriller runs from December 3 to January 25 at London's Almeida Theatre and could transfer to the West End and Broadway.

Matt's co-stars in the musical include Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.

The stage production will be directed by Rupert Goold, the Almeida's artist director, with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.

Matt, 30, who previously appeared on stage in The History Boys, will next be seen in Doctor Who in November, in the 50th anniversary episode which will be followed by the Christmas special.

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