A new play by David Hare, described as Mad Men meets Alfred Hitchcock, has attracted two top-flight actors. Mark Strong, who won awards for his towering performance in A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic and on Broadway, will star with American actress Hope Davis in The Red Barn – Hare’s adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel La Main.Strong spent 12 years concentrating on film and TV projects before being tempted back to the stage two years ago by the role of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s tragedy. She told me she’s packing up her family and moving them from their home on the East Coast to South London, so she can be in the play, which will run at the National Theatre from October 6.When Hare was developing the drama – about two couples who get lost in a blizzard in Connecticut after their car breaks down – he and producer Scott Rudin asked Davis to read the text so they could see how it played. The Red Barn will be directed by Robert Icke.’It was set at that time when everyone – except the character I play, who tries to keep it all together – just drank and smoked all day. Davis will be making her British stage debut with The Red Barn.