Matt Smith: Doctor Who star to return to West End stage

2023-09-05 05:03:46  • 3 mins

By Steven McIntosh

Entertainment reporter

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to return to the stage for the first time since 2020 with a new role in London's West End.

He will star in the first English-language production of German director Thomas Ostermeier's version of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

The show will run at the Duke of York's Theatre for two months from 6 February.

Smith called it a "unique project" and said it was "an honour" to be working with Ostermeier.

The new production will see Smith play doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer who finds the public baths are contaminated.

Stockmann wants to publish his discovery in the newspaper and demand that the city council re-route the water pipes.

But he faces opposition because the prosperity of his native spa town depends on the baths. When he refuses to let the truth be silenced, he is declared a public enemy.

'More relevant than ever'

Smith said: "Thomas Ostermeier pushes the form and boundaries of theatre; I have been a fan for quite some time. Seeing his Richard III with Lars Erdinger was electric.

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