Shia Labeouf heads to Broadway – to kidnap Alec Baldwin

Transformers actor to play troubled brother who abducts a mobster in next year's staging of Orphans

Shia Labeouf is preparing to make his debut on Broadway.

The Transformers star will appear opposite Alec Baldwin in a revival of Lyle Kessler's 1983 drama Orphans, in which two brothers plot to kidnap a mobster, at the Schoenfeld theatre. Previews start on 19 March. Labeouf will play Treat, the elder and more controlling of the brothers, while Baldwin will play the old-school gangster Harold. Casting for Phillip, Treat's brother, has not yet been finalised. All three characters are orphans.

Baldwin is something of a Broadway veteran, having debuted in Joe Orton's Loot opposite Zoe Wanamaker in 1986. He has since played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Macbeth, as well as starring in another Orton farce, Entertaining Mr Sloane, off-Broadway.

Kessler's play, which has been credited with Pinteresque undertones by critics in the past,
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