December 19, 2016

Douglas Booth says that, after almost a decade of acting in film and television, he now feels ready to make his West End debut.

The actor, who has starred in Riot Club and Noah on the big screen, will appear in Speech And Debate at the Trafalgar Studios next year.

Booth, 24, said he was looking forward to swapping film sets for the “intimate space” of the Whitehall venue to play a misfit teenager caught up in a high school sex scandal.

He said: “I feel ready. 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.”

Booth will play a gay teenage boy called Howie who joins two other members of the school’s speech and debate club in a ploy to expose a sexually predatory teacher.

The actor said the show, by American playwright Stephen Karam, is “a dark comedy that touches on serious issues” and brought back memories of an awkward adolescence.

“I’m playing 18 and I’m 24 now but I vividly remember those years,” he said. “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.”

Booth, who will soon be seen in cinemas as real-life music hall star Dan Leno in The Limehouse Golem and poet Percy Shelley in A Storm In The Stars, is looking forward to playing a fictional character in the stage show. He said: “Stephen has drawn a character that I’m going to portray but it gives you a certain freedom to play with.”

Speech And Debate is at Trafalgar Studio 2 from February 22 to April 1


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