Anthony Andrews will star in Bully Boy, a new play by Sandi Toksvig to be premiered at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, from next week.
The actor found fame in the 1982 TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited and played prime minister Stanley Baldwin in last year’s hit film, The King’s Speech.
Bully Boy, which deals with the moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effects on serving soldiers’ mental health, will be staged by the Nuffield company under artistic director Patrick Sandford.
He has previously collaborated with the writer on her play Charity Begins for Sky Arts Theatre Live.
In the new play, Major Oscar Hadley is flown to the front line to probe allegations of severe misconduct within a self-styled ‘Bully Boy’ unit of the British army.
When young squaddie Eddie Clark from Burnley is interrogated, Oscar begins to discover that ‘truth’ in a modern insurgency can be a point of view rather than a fact.
· Performances from Tuesday until May 28. Tickets: (023) 8067 1771 or nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.