BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice 

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Ruth Wilson will return to the London stage as the tragic heroine of Jean Cocteau’s tale of heartbreak, The Human Voice, in which a woman fights for the man she loves.

The actress told me in September that she had theatre plans for 2022, but refused to divulge the name of the play. 

However, I can reveal that Wilson will star in Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Cocteau’s 1930 ‘voice play’ about an abandoned woman’s one-sided telephone conversation, as she begs her former lover not to marry another woman.

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Ruth Wilson (pictured) will return to the London stage as the tragic heroine of Jean Cocteau’s tale of heartbreak, The Human Voice, in which a woman fights for the man she loves

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

The monologue can also be seen on screen, starring Tilda Swinton (pictured) in a version directed by Pedro Almodovar, set in an opulent Madrid apartment

Wilson, van Hove and producer Sonia Friedman began talking about the idea of doing The Human Voice several years ago, when the actress appeared — on blistering form — in van Hove’s modern-day production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre.

The Human Voice will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre in early spring. 

Van Hove premiered his take on Cocteau’s play in Amsterdam in 2009. It has since been performed in New York, Dublin and Sydney.

The monologue can also be seen on screen, starring Tilda Swinton in a version directed by Pedro Almodovar, set in an opulent Madrid apartment.

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Wilson (pictured) will star in Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Cocteau’s 1930 ‘voice play’ about a woman’s telephone conversation, as she begs her former lover not to marry another woman

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

The Human Voice will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre in early spring. Pictured: Tilda Swinton starring in the short film version of The Human Voice

Wilson has enjoyed enormous success on TV, with brilliant roles in The Affair, Luther, His Dark Materials, Jane Eyre, Small Island and Mrs Wilson; and on the big screen — in Dark River, The Little Stranger and Saving Mr Banks. (Her latest, True Things, is out on March 11.)

But she’s breathtaking live on a theatre stage. She scooped two Olivier awards in three years for performances in Anna Christie and A Streetcar Named Desire, both directed by Rob Ashford at the Donmar Warehouse.

WHY CALL MY AGENT’S CAMILLE GOT COLD SHOULDER FROM LADY GAGA

French actress Camille Cottin wasn’t surprised when Lady Gaga was mean to her on the set of new film House Of Gucci.

The two play love rivals, and ‘she was definitely in character’, said Cottin. 

‘But she was lovely, because she was this double person. She leaned over and said, ‘OK, I’m in character. You’re very beautiful. Now let’s stop talking.’

‘It was clear that she was concentrating on who she was playing,’ Cottin told me when we discussed her role in the movie, in which Gaga gives an all-guns-blazing portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani, who served jail time for hiring a hitman to murder her former husband, Maurizio Gucci.  

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Camille Cottin (pictured) wasn’t surprised when Lady Gaga was mean to her on the set of House Of Gucci. The two play love rivals, and ‘she was definitely in character’, said Cottin

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

In Ridley Scott’s film, opening today, French actress Cottin portrays Paola Franchi (pictured), the Italian designer and artist for whom Maurizio left Patrizia

In Ridley Scott’s film, opening today, Cottin portrays Paola Franchi, the Italian designer and artist for whom Maurizio left Patrizia.

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There’s a clear class divide between the two women. One of the best scenes is when Patrizia and Paola meet on the ski slopes. It’s an icy encounter in every sense.

‘The thing that mattered was to understand that Paola came from Maurizio’s world, different from Patrizia’s,’ she said. 

‘She hadn’t endured the same humiliation. Maurizio’s with a woman who understands him, and has the same references.’ 

Her Paola may be cold and haughty, but Cottin in person is deliciously zany. She puts that down to being a ‘very big fan of English humour’.

‘It’s limitless and funny — and goes much further than French humour,’ she said. ‘It allows itself to be more crude, and more loud. 

‘Whereas the French, even though they pretend to be libertine and free…’

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Cottin said Gaga ‘was concentrating on who she was playing in the movie, which sees Gaga gives an all-guns-blazing portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani (pictured)

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Cottin is in the UK at the moment, shooting the last series of Killing Eve with Jodie Comer. She plays Helene, also known as the duchess of crime and she’s one of ‘The Twelve’

And then she censored herself. ‘I think the British can be much more crazy,’ she concluded. Cottin’s an Anglophile. 

She lived in South Kensington for five years, from the age of 12, with her mother, sister and stepfather, attending school and hanging out in Camden Town and in the King’s Road.

‘You want to be wild in London. This is the city that inspires you for living at night and experiencing new things. There’s a free spirit!’ said the mother of two, who these days resides in Paris.

However, she’s back in the UK at the moment, shooting the last series of Killing Eve with Jodie Comer.

Cottin plays Helene, also known as the duchess of crime. She’s one of ‘The Twelve’ — the assassins who form the distinctly dirty Dozen Incorporated.

Cottin has shot many French feature films, but recently has been appearing in more Hollywood fare, including House Of Gucci and Stillwater, with Matt Damon.

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Cottin has shot many French feature films, but recently has been appearing in more Hollywood fare, including Stillwater, with Matt Damon

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, BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruth Wilson talks her way back on stage in The Human Voice , The Habari News

Cottin will always be linked with the Netflix goldmine of a show, Call My Agent, in which she excels as the complex and committed actors’ agent Andrea Martel (pictured)

For me, though, she’ll always be linked with the Netflix goldmine of a show, Call My Agent, in which she excels as the complex and committed actors’ agent Andrea Martel.

A cinema version is being developed, though Cottin cautioned that ‘if they don’t come up with something they’re happy with, they won’t do it. It’s reassuring that they’re working in this perspective’.

In France, she is also a noted stage actress; and she doesn’t rule out treading the boards here.

She told me she sat next to National Theatre artistic executive Clint Dyer (his film of Roy Williams’s National Theatre play Death Of England: Face To Face is out now on Sky Arts) at a production of ‘The Milky Way, with Michael Sheen’. I think she meant Under Milk Wood.

‘I would love to find something to do with Clint Dyer at the National Theatre,’ she told me. Then added, more firmly: ‘This is something that could happen. Maybe.’