David Schwimmer is leaving the role of his Friends alter-ego Ross far behind – by playing a womaniser.
The American actor is set to make his West End debut next month with a lead role in the new play Some Girls.
Schwimmer will tread the boards opposite Troy beauty Saffron Burrows and comedy star Catherine Tate, who play ex-girlfriends.
Vera Drake actress Lesley Manville and London’s Burning and Silent Witness star Sara Powell also play women from Schwimmer’s past.
The new play, by Neil LaBute, at London’s Gielgud Theatre is described as a “wickedly funny expose of the modern male and his take on life, love and the ‘c’ word, commitment”.
The actor joked at a photocall today: “To be knocked about by these four extraordinarily strong, sexy and funny women, that trumps any fantasy I had as a boy.”
The 38-year-old, whose Friends character Ross was usually unlucky-in-love, added: “I feel incredibly lucky.
“Not only do I have the opportunity to work on a new play by Neil LaBute, but I get to be on the London stage, a dream of mine since the age of twelve.”
Stage and screen star Burrows, 32, who plays Bobbi, said: “When I read the play aloud, my heart beats faster. I am really looking forward to seeing what this will become”.
Tate, famous for BBC2’s the Catherine Tate Show, said: “To be doing this play by Neil LaBute, with this cast, is beyond my wildest dreams.
“I cannot believe my luck – and I’m really excited to start working on such a great project.”
Other Hollywood stars to have embraced the London stage recently include Kevin Spacey, Holly Hunter, Christian Slater and Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall - while Val Kilmer and Brooke Shields have also signed up for roles.
Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kathleen Turner, Matt Damon, Friends star Matthew Perry and even Madonna have also appeared in the West End in the past few years.