Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to return to the New York stage as a pregnant cyclist.

The actress has signed on to star in the Off Broadway transfer of award-winning playwright Penelope Skinner's London hit The Village Bike, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2011.

In the play, Gyllenhaal will play a frustrated housewife, who explores the countryside around her home on a second-hand bicycle while fantasising about her sex life.

Previews for The Village Bike will begin next May (14) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.