Charlie Condou is to star in the UK premiere of a drama championed by Elton, says the Evening Standard.
Condou, who played midwife Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, will star in the Tony-nominated show Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts — which was so loved by Elton and his partner David Furnish that they produced it on Broadway.
The actor will play Adam, an atheist in a long-term relationship with the devoutly religious Luke in which an accident changes everything.
The 41-year-old said the character of Adam is “quite neurotic and a little lost” — and added that his relationship is utterly different from his own, with writer Cameron Laux and their two children.
He said: “Adam cannot let go of the fact that his partner who is perfect in so many ways has this belief in a higher power that he finds completely insane.
“When I read it, there was just something about it that I understood. What is great about this play is it asks a lot of interesting questions about what it is to be in a relationship, about commitment, about what faith means.“He’s a man in his mid-forties and he’s not where he expected to be in life. He wants to be a writer and he’s working in a candle shop. There’s a sense of disappointment that happens to many people in their middle age.”
He said his own life was “great” — even though it was a difficult decision to leave Coronation Street, where his storyline of being a gay man bringing up a child paralleled his own life.
“I was in a job that was very stable and settled and it was regular money. But that wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
Sir Elton, a friend of Condou, is to be invited to the UK premiere of the play.
Next Fall is to be at the Southwark Playhouse from September 24 to October 25.