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Jude Law and John Malkovich to return to London in 2017 plays

Published 29/06/2016

Law will star in the world premiere of Obsession at the Barbican, a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's eponymous film
Law will star in the world premiere of Obsession at the Barbican, a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's eponymous film

Oscar nominees Jude Law and John Malkovich will both return to the London stage in 2017 in new plays.

Law will star in the world premiere of Obsession at the Barbican, a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's eponymous film which will be directed by Ivo Van Hove, who recently won a Tony for his production of A View From The Bridge starring Mark Strong.

Malkovich will also tread the boards at the Barbican, appearing in a new one-man music theatre piece Call Me God.

His last London theatre appearance saw him portray a serial killer in The Infernal Comedy at the Barbican in 2011, a piece written specifically for him.

Law's last outing on the stage in the capital was in The Vote at The Donmar Warehouse in 2015, following a run as Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013 and 2014.

The Barbican Centre will celebrate the power of the moving image throughout the 2017 season, with projects and events that honour the world of film, including new work from artists Richard Mosse and John Akomfrah; an exhibition called Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction; and a residency from American techno DJ and producer Jeff Mills.

A series called What London Watches: Ten Films Which Shook Our World, will invite London's communities to select the films that mean the most to them, which will then be shown at the Barbican, while composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams will be celebrated in a series dubbed Sounds that Changed America.

The season will also include an exhibition on The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945, and Siobhan Davies Dance will premiere a new installation in the Curve.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director of the Barbican said: "Building on the success of the 15/16 season, the Barbican's 2017 programme continues our proud tradition of providing international, world-class arts and learning experiences for all, and we look forward to welcoming the diverse group of artists, performers, and audiences that will be joining us throughout next year.

"I am also delighted that our cross-arts programme will shine a spotlight on the rich and varied world of film and its impact on other art forms."

Louise Jeffreys, director of arts at the Barbican, said: "As an international multi-arts venue, the Barbican is uniquely placed to explore how the medium of film has been utilised, adapted and re-shaped to conjure new artistic possibilities across different art forms. By putting Film in Focus at the heart of the Barbican's 2017 programme, we seek to celebrate the profound impact of the moving image on society, the arts and us all."

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