Anne Hathaway is to star in a one-woman show.

The 32-year-old actress will take centre stage as an elite fighter pilot in the Public Theater's production of 'Grounded', which will open in New York on April 7.

The 70-minute stage show will be directed by Julie Taymor - who won a Tony award for her work on 'The Lion King' - and theatre bosses are delighted to have both women on board.

Artistic director Oskar Eustis said: '''Grounded' is a brilliant and important play, a meditation on the human and moral costs of our astonishing military technology. This promises to be an unforgettable theatrical event, and an important addition to our national conversation.

''Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor are amazing, unique artists, and we are honoured to produce them at the Public Theater.''

The play follows a fighter pilot who is reassigned to operate drones from a trailer in the Nevada desert after becoming pregnant.

The monologue explores her thoughts and feelings as she completes a 12-hour shift aiming weaponry at targets thousands of miles away before returning home to her husband and their baby daughter.

Anne is currently promoting 'One Song' and though her husband Adam Shulman is a producer on the movie, she insists working together was a harmonious experience.

She said: ''I know how irritating this answer is going to be. I was always happy to see him when I got home.''