Outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith has signed up to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in a musical stage adaptation of American Psycho.
The 30-year-old actor from Northampton, who will bow out of his BBC1 role as the Doctor in the 2013 Christmas special, will sing on stage in the reworking of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel.
The musical thriller runs from December 3 to January 25 at London’s Almeida Theatre, and almost completely sold out within hours of Smith’s involvement being revealed.
There were calls for the novel to be banned when it was published in 1991, and it was criticised for being misogynistic and for its graphic scenes of violence, but it went on to become a cult classic.
In 2000, Hollywood actor Christian Bale played Bateman, the book’s narrator and wealthy, psychopathic New York investment banking executive who embarks on a killing spree, in the American Psycho film.
Smith’s co-stars in the musical include Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.
The stage production will be directed by Rupert Goold, the Almeida’s artist director, with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.
Smith, who previously appeared on stage in The History Boys, said: “The opportunity to work with Rupert Goold, a director of great vision and flair, combined with the brilliant story and music, seemed like such a cool challenge.”