Tom Hanks' run in hit new play Lucky Guy has been extended by a further 16 performances after receiving rave reviews.

The Forrest Gump star made his Broadway debut as real life tabloid reporter Mike MCAlary in the production, which won a stellar write-up from numerous critics following its opening night on 1 April (13).

Producers behind the show announced on Thursday the play will now conclude its run at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on 3 July (13) instead of the scheduled 16 June (13) finish.

Lucky Guy was written by the actor's longtime friend and collaborator Nora Ephron prior to her death from cancer last year (12).