It focuses on Captain John Yossarian
, a US Air Force bombardier.
The actor, who graduated from Rada in 2004 and played Uday Hussein in the TV drama, is to play reluctant US airman John Yossarian
in the stage version of Joseph Heller's darkly comic novel set in the Second World War.
The Thersites that appears first in Homer's Iliad and then In Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Sir John FalstafT in Henry IV, Josef Svejk in Jaroslav Haskek's The Good Soldier Svejk, Mother Courage, and Joseph Heller's Captain John Yossarian in Catch-22 are inherently subversive because theirs is a world defined by war, a world in which they want no part.
Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier's Svejk is to the First World War what John Yossarian is to World War Two and Brecht's Mother Courage is to the Thirty Years War.
While Heller published eleven other works besides the darkly comic title he is best known for, the content of this bibliography suggests that he found it hard to leave Captain John Yossarian
behind him after the phenomenal success of Catch-22 in 1961.
In Catch-22, Joseph Heller casts Captain John Yossarian
as the last lucid voice in the hysteria of war.
, is a bombardier who tries to get himself declared crazy and grounded so he won't have to fly more combat missions.
The plot of the novel centers on the antihero Captain John Yossarian
, stationed at an airstrip on a Mediterranean island in World War II, and portrays his desperate attempts to stay alive.
Fictional heroes chosen this year included The Famous Five, from TV producer Judith Holder; Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking Bird from Helen Ager of Crutes Law Firm; John Yossarian
from Catch 22 by the TUC's Kevin Rowan and Harry Potter's Professor Dumbledore, chosen by Ian Clarke from Newcastle University Business School.