Hollywood star Ewan McGregor is taking a massive pay cut to star in a new production of Guys and Dolls on the London stage.

The Scottish actor has signed a six month contract to play gangster playboy SKY MASTERSON in the classic 1950s musical which will open at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre on 1 June (05).

The 34-year-old says, "I do find it daunting going back to live theatre after movies. I can't wait but I'll really have to work hard to master the stage fright."

McGregor's talent for singing first came to international attention following his starring role in Moulin Rouge!, and his current co-stars are impressed by his instinctive ability to master complex choreography during rehearsals.

Artistic director MICHAEL GRANDAGE says, "The big shock, or rather surprise, is that we truthfully didn't know what Ewan's dancing skills were. Sky Masterson can easily be played without too much dancing about.

"But we discovered he's a completely natural dancer so we're really going to be using it. And he has a glorious voice."

McGregor last appeared on stage in the London Comedy Theatre's production of LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS in 1999.

Grandage's Guys And Dolls production, which also stars Ally Mcbeal beauty Jane Krakowski in her West End debut, will see DAMON RUNYON's musical return to the London stage after a 23 year hiatus.

13/04/2005 21:17