Country star Lyle Lovett is set to tackle Shakespeare in a new production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Julia Roberts' ex-husband has already composed the score for the play, and has now been asked to join the cast by taking on the musical role of Balthasar, an attendant to Don Pedro.

The production, which also stars Helen Hunt and Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer, runs until December 19 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California.