Jake Gyllenhaal is set to return to Broadway as he stars in Burn This


Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal is to return to the Broadway stage.

The 35-year-old actor will take a lead role in Lanford Wilson's Burn This.

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Jake Gyllenhaal (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The play is set in New York in the 1980s and deals with themes of gay identity and relationships in the wake of a tragedy.

American actor Jake is best known for blockbuster movies Donnie Darko in 2001 and Brokeback Mountain in 2006. He made his Broadway debut in Constellations in 2015.

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Michael Mayer will direct the play's Broadway revival, which also marks the official re-opening of New York's Hudson Theatre.

The director said: "I am honoured to bring Lanford Wilson's gorgeous and timeless play back to Broadway in a new production starring Jake Gyllenhaal, whose stage work has been exhilarating and who is a dream choice for this role.

"What a joy to reopen the historic Hudson Theatre. In the midst of an exquisite restoration, the intimate playhouse is the perfect home for this modern American classic."

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Jake Gyllenhaal (Evan Agostini/AP)

Burn This premiered 30 years ago and will return to the stage from February 2017, with opening night set for March 6 2017.

The 1987 production of Burn This starred Joan Allen and John Malkovich, transferring to Broadway after a successful run.

An off-Broadway revival in 2002 featured actors including Edward Norton and Ty Burrell.