Comedian Chris Rock is poised to become the next American import on London's West End stage.

The star is being courted by playwright NEIL LaBUTE, who directed him in 2000 film Nurse Betty, and is planning a new theatre production.

Rock reveals, "I'm coming to Britain lock, stock and smoking barrels.

"I had a great time working with Neil LaBute on Nurse Betty and so I'm going to do this play of his in London."