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Douglas Booth gearing up for stage debut

Douglas Booth is looking forward to having "nowhere to hide" when he stars in play Speech & Debate in 2017.

Douglas Booth finally feels ready to make his stage debut.

Unlike fellow British actors like Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Andrew Garfield, Douglas didn’t start his career on the stage, but rather went straight into TV and film work.

Over the past eight years the 24-year-old has become part of a rising number of young British actors making their mark on Hollywood, but the time is now right for Douglas to tread the boards. He’ll make his stage debut in Speech & Debate at London’s Trafalgar Studios from February (17).

“I feel ready,” he shared, reports Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper. “I’ve got three films coming out next year and then I’m going to shoot another movie so it feels like I want to go on stage and it feels like the right time.

“There is nowhere to hide but that is just how I want it. I’m very fortunate in that I started working when I was 16 and kept getting screen jobs and film jobs but I always wanted to come back and this is the perfect transition.”

Douglas plays gay teenager Howie in the play, written by Stephen Karam, which runs from 22 February to 1 April. The plot sees Howie and two other misfit teenagers attempt to expose a drama teacher who preys on a teen boy. Speech & Debate originally opened Off-Broadway in 2007.

“I’m playing 18 and I’m 24 now but I vividly remember those years,” Douglas explained. “Also I was just speaking to my cousin, who’s that age, and I was saying I’m going to have to come and hang out with her and her friends because it is about that very specific way you carry yourself when you’re a teenager.”

Douglas can next be seen on the big screen opposite Elle Fanning in movie A Storm in the Stars, which is about the romance between Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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