Poldark star Turner heads for West End

Image caption Aidan Turner famously bared his torso in the first series of Poldark

Poldark actor Aidan Turner is to swap his scythe for a cut-throat razor in a new stage production that will see him play a psychotic Irish terrorist.

The 34-year-old will make his West End debut next year in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a violently dark comedy by the Oscar-winning Martin McDonagh.

Set in Ireland in 1993, the play tells of a paramilitary who exacts bloody retribution when his cat is murdered.

The play runs at London’s Noel Coward Theatre from 23 June to 8 September.

The production is one of two shows being mounted in the West End next year by Michael Grandage’s theatre company.

The other sees Alfred Molina reprise his Tony-nominated role as painter Mark Rothko in John Logan’s 2009 play Red.

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Image caption Molina (right) originally appeared alongside Eddie Redmayne in Logan’s two-hander

Grandage’s original production at London’s Donmar Warehouse transferred to Broadway in 2010 and won a Tony for best play.

But the revival will not see Eddie Redmayne reprise his Tony-winning role as Rothko’s assistant Ken, who will be played instead by Alfred Enoch.

Red, a reference to Rothko’s bold use of primary colours in his expressionist paintings, runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 4 May to 28 July.

Grandage previously directed a production of McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe in 2013.

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