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John Boyega hits the stage in new adaptation of German play

CENTRE STAGE: British actor John Boyega

PECKHAM-BORN actor John Boyega has announced that he will be returning to theatre as the lead in Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck at London’s Old Vic theatre.

The lead role will be Boyega’s biggest theatre role to date as he stars as the murdering military barber Woyzeck in the stage play written by Jack Thorne.

The 24-year-old took to Twitter to share the news with his fans: “Heading back to the stage to play the title role of Woyzeck in a new and exciting adaption at the Old Vic.#cantwait”

The Old Vic’s artistic director, Matthew Warchus announced his second season in charge with the inclusion of Star Wars star Boyega who he handpicked despite never seeing him on stage.

Thorne, the playwright behind the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will adapt Woyzeck, which is set to open in 2017.

Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, unfinished on his death in 1837, is based on the true story of a military barber who murders his partner in a fit of jealousy and was sentenced to death.

Boyega became a global household name with his role as rebel stormtrooper Finn in JJ Abrams’ rebooted Star Wars franchise and was the recipient of the 2016 Bafta rising star.

Boyega is set to return to the big screen as Finn for the next instalment in the long-running space saga in 2017.

His theatre CV includes parts in Six Parties at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe in 2009 and in Roy Williams’s Category B at the Tricycle, also in 2009.

Even with his global success, the young star of Nigerian descent reminded fans that no matter how famous you get, you’re never too famous to fry plantain.

“Haven't seen my mum in a week! I walk through the door and the first thing she says is ‘go and fry plantain’," tweeted Boyega.

He followed his tweet by assuring followers that he has no objection to flexing his culinary skills: “Now one does not have a problem with frying the plantain as I can't eat jollof without it but damn ma.”

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