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Richard Schiff of 'The West Wing' and London Stage Vet Nigel Lindsay to Join a Nervous Lindsay Lohan in 'Speed-the-Plow'

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Aug 15, 2014 06:00 PM EDT

Co-starring with stage greenhorn Lindsay Lohan in the upcoming London production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow will be Emmy Award winner Richard Schiff, best known for playing Toby Ziegler in TV's "The West Wing," and Nigel Lindsay, a mainstay of the London stage currently starring in A Small Family Business at the National Theatre.

The actors will play two film producers who tangle with a charming, interfering secretary in Mamet's classic satire. The play's Broadway premiere in 1988 starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna.

The presence of these experienced hands may help calm the nerves of the 28-year-old starlet, who told the Daily Mail she was nervous about opening night: "I'll probably mess up on the first night just out of fear."

Said opening night is September 24 at the Playhouse Theatre. Lindsay Posner directs. (That makes three Lindsays.)

Schiff has not appeared often on the London stage, though he did star on the West End in the one-man show Underneath The Lintel. He has done Mamet before, on Broadway with Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross. His film credits include "Deep Impact," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Man of Steel" and playing Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records in the movie "Ray."

Nigel Lindsay received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in Shrek: The Musical, and has been in numerous production at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court Theatre. He has starred on the West End in Bedroom Farce, Under The Blue Sky and Guys and Dolls.

The "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" star, on the other hand, is a real neophyte. "I've never done a play before. I've never even taken acting lessons, I've never done anything like that and it's something new to me and it's live."

She's not wrong. Live theater is live.

Lindsay Lohan is catching on after all.

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