After an illustrious run as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland has decided to trade in his spandex for Shakespearean garb.
Yes, you heard it right: the actor renowned for his role in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will grace the West End stage this summer as Romeo in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.
Expectations are high for this production of “Romeo and Juliet,” which is set to deviate from the traditional, tights-clad interpretations of the past.
Under the direction of Jamie Lloyd, known for his innovative and minimalist approach to classic works like “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “The Seagull,” and “A Doll’s House,” audiences can anticipate a fresh take on the age-old tale of star-crossed lovers.
Lloyd’s involvement speaks volumes about the production’s promise, having previously attracted acclaimed stars such as James McAvoy, Emilia Clarke, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain to his projects.
Last year’s rendition of “A Doll’s House” garnered multiple Tony Award nominations, further underscoring the anticipation surrounding Lloyd’s latest endeavor, described as a “pulsating new vision” of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Taking to social media, Holland himself shared the exciting news with his followers.
The limited engagement will kick off in May, running for twelve weeks, although the identity of the actress portraying Juliet opposite Holland remains under wraps.
Nevertheless, Holland’s involvement alone ensures a surge in ticket demand.
Holland’s stage debut was in the musical “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” where he took on the titular role.
Jamie Lloyd expressed his admiration for Holland, labeling him “one of the greatest and most exciting young actors in the world,” and expressing gratitude for his return to the West End.
Beyond his Marvel exploits, Holland has proven his versatility in projects like the adventurous “Uncharted,” alongside Mark Wahlberg, which enjoyed commercial success.
His roles in gritty dramas such as “Cherry” and the Southern Gothic tale “The Devil All the Time” showcased his range.
Additionally, he has graced the big screen in films like “Lost City of Z” and “In the Heart of the Sea.”
Holland’s latest endeavor is his appearance in the series “The Crowded Room,” available on Apple TV+.