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Welsh actor Taron Egerton to star in West End revival of ‘Cock’

24 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Taron Egerton speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con International, for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo attributed to Gage Skidmore (CC 2.0)

Welsh actor Taron Egerton is set to star in a West End revival of Mike Bartlett’s play Cock in the West End next year.

The Rocketman star, who hails from Aberystwyth, will feature alongside Bridgerton actor Jonathan Bailey at the Ambassadors Theatre in London from 5 March – 4 June 2022.

The award-winning and provocatively titled play about sexual identity and gender labelling, follows a gay couple whose relationship is called into question. It being revived after first premiering at the Royal Court in 2009.

Welsh-speaking Egerton, who won a Golden-Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the hit biopic, Rocketman, is making a return to the stage after an eight year hiatus.

The play’s director Marianne Elliott said: “I feel so excited to be working on this beautifully crafted and hilarious play by Mike Bartlett. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.”

‘Truly theatrical’

She added: “A truly theatrical piece in that it asks the audience to enter the imagination of the storytelling – as only live theatre can do. It’s also all about the acting so to have such a talented, highly experienced, stellar cast is an absolute dream!”

Mike Bartlett added: “I love Marianne Elliott’s work and have done for a long time, so I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with her on this revival.

“Especially with this incredible cast, which I know will bring both a fresh take and vast experience to a play about love, identity and the passionate human being.”

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