Nothing teaches an actor punctuality and discipline like having to appear eight times a week in a play. For Lindsay Lohan, whose bad-girl reputation stemmed partly from showing up tardy for movie shoots and court appearances, theater will be a new kind of instructor.
The formerly troubled actress will continue her attempted career comeback with a revival of David Mamet’s Hollywood satire “Speed-the-Plow,” scheduled to begin performances on London’s West End in September.
Lohan will play the role of Karen, an ambiguous secretary to a powerful Hollywood executive. No other casting has been announced for the production that will run at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
The role of Karen was first played on Broadway by Madonna in 1988. Mamet’s three-character play has been frequently revived, including a 2008 Broadway run with Jeremy Piven and a London production the same year at the Old Vic, with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum.
The new London revival will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who has staged a number of Mamet plays in the U.S. and Britain. The official opening night is Oct. 2 and the run is scheduled to conclude Nov. 29.
Following numerous run-ins with the law, the 27-year-old Lohan has attempted to resuscitate her career with projects including Paul Schrader’s crowdfunded movie “The Canyons” and her own docu-reality TV series on the OWN cable channel.