Maid In Manhattan actor Ralph Fiennes is talks to direct a play by English poet CRAIG RAINE.

British star Fiennes has been looking for the right script to help him make his directorial debut for some time - and Raine believes he's finally provided it.

Raine says, "It's a kind of comedy, called ACTS OF GRACE AND DECENCY. It has been brewing for about 30 years, but it is not complete and it has yet to be staged."

He adds, "Nothing has been set in stone, but Ralph has expressed a strong interest in directing the play and I would be over the moon if he did, as he would do a brilliant job. It may be his first time as a director, but he has a wonderful sense of the theatre."

29/07/2003 13:59