Russell Brand to star in Idle play

Brand has now agreed to tackle the lead role of Oxford student Dick alongside fellow British stand-ups Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard, as well as Tim Curry and former Frasier star Jane Leeves.

The production will be staged as a radio play, with the actors reading from scripts, and will take place over four performances at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. from 26-29 April (12).

The shows will be taped for subsequent home release, according to the Los Angeles Times.