Film star Tom Hiddleston uses London’s stage to keep himself sharp

Actor Tom Hiddleston is one of Britain’s hottest Hollywood exports — but he is eyeing a return to the West End stage to keep his skills honed.

The star, set to reprise his role as Loki in Thor: The Dark World, says his north London flat’s kitchen table is groaning under the weight of theatre scripts.

Hiddleston, 32, always kept one toe in the West End during his rapid rise, with his last outing being The Kingdom of Earth at the Criterion Theatre last year.

He said: “My table in the kitchen is where I work and read scripts — and it’s literally littered with plays right now. I’m on different, modern things, American classics, Shakespeare, Jacobean stuff. I really want to find something big and meaty and exciting.

“Theatre tests you. It stops you being insecure with the film set idea of action and cut.

“With the theatre you only get one take, every night, the whole thing. It keeps actors very fresh and checks you back in with your instinct and training.”

The ex-Eton pupil, who achieved a double first in Classics at Cambridge, revealed he retains a sensible perspective on his success.

“I think one can never quite see a true reflection of oneself,” he said.

“I’ve no idea really where I stand.”

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