Eddie Izzard turned down Mel Brooks' offer to take The Producers to the London stage, because he's holding out for the chance to get serious in SHAKESPEARE's tragedy Macbeth.

The transvestite funnyman wowed Broadway, New York, audiences earlier this year with his performance in A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, prompting Brooks to personally ask him to play MAX BIALYSTOCK (corr) in The Producers.

But Izzard feared the role was one many people would have expected from him - and he wants to surprise them.

He says, "I'd like to do Macbeth and take it straight to Broadway in 2005. I have to do something that people aren't expecting."

29/09/2003 02:29