Doctor Who star Karen Gillan to make theatre debut

Karen Gillan Gillan plays Shirley, a secretary who turns against her vitriolic employer

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Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan is to make her professional theatre debut in a West End revival of John Osborne's 1964 play Inadmissible Evidence.

Gillan, who plays the Doctor's feisty assistant Amy Pond, will appear with Douglas Hodge in the show, which opens at the Donmar Warehouse in October.

Hodge plays a self-destructive lawyer, while Gillan will play his secretary.

The 23-year-old Scot will be seen later this year playing model Jean Shrimpton in BBC Four film We'll Take Manhattan.

Dame Eileen Atkins played Gillan's role in the original production of Osborne's play at the Royal Court in London.

Jamie Lloyd will direct the Donmar's revival, which - according to the Daily Mail - will make "subtle cuts" to Osborne's text.

British actress Thandie Newton will also be treading the boards this autumn, this time in a revival of the Ariel Dorfman play Death and the Maiden.

The play - opening at the Comedy Theatre in October - will see the 38-year-old play a former political prisoner who kidnaps a man she believes raped and tortured her.

Newton appeared with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II and won a Bafta in 2006 for her work in Crash.

Juliet Stevenson appeared in the original 1991 production of the play, while Sigourney Weaver starred in Roman Polanski's 1994 film.

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