EastEnders’ Marc Elliott will return to the London stage following his imminent departure from the BBC soap to star in the West End premiere of Tape.
Marking 10 years since its New York premiere, Stephen Belber’s acclaimed play exploring memory, truth and perception will run for a month at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 10 October (press night 12 October).
Following stage roles in the NT’s The History Boys and The Maids at the Lyric Hammersmith, Elliott will lead the cast as the brooding Vince, a volatile drug-dealing dropout.
The drama sees Vince meet up with Jon, his best friend from school and aspiring filmmaker. The conversation soon turns to Amy, a woman they both dated and Vince’s first love. When Vince forces Jon to confess a disturbing secret, he confesses to having taped the whole conversation and reveals Amy is about to arrive any minute.
While director Thomas King’s production of the dark drama marks its West End premiere, the play was first seen in London in 2003 at the Soho theatre. Belber’s story also made it to the big screen with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman starring in the 2001 adaptation.
Joining Elliott in the cast are Darren Bransford and Kate Loustau, as Jon and Amy. The production will mark both actors’ West End debuts.