British actor Rufus Sewell is to take the lead role in Oscar-winning writer Tom Stoppard's new play ROCK AND ROLL.

The 38-year-old LEGEND OF ZORRO actor will star as a young man caught between political and cultural upheavals in Czechoslovakia and Britain in the 1950s and 1960s - a storyline which is considered the Czech-born playwright's most autobiographical work to date.

Directed by Trevor Nunn, the play is set to open at London's Royal Court next June (06), and is predicted to transfer immediately to a West End Theatre.