Chariots of Fire to Head to West End's Gielgud Theatre After Hampstead Premiere

News   Chariots of Fire to Head to West End's Gielgud Theatre After Hampstead Premiere
 
Chariots of Fire, adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett from Colin Welland's Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1981 Enigma Productions film of the same name, will transfer to the West End's Gielgud Theatre in June immediately following its premiere at Hampstead Theatre in May.

The production will begin performances at the Gielgud Theatre June 22. Prior to that, it will begin performances at London's Hampstead Theatre May 9, prior to an official opening May 22, for a run through June 16.

Based on the true story of two young track athletes who represented Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games, the roles of Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew who runs to overcome prejudice, will be played Jack Lowden and James McArdle, respectively.

The cast also includes Sam Archer (Athlete), Joe Bannister (Frank), Antonia Bernath (Florence Mackenzie), Natasha Broomfield (Jennie Liddell), Gareth Charlton (Athlete), Henry Davis (Athlete), Mark Edel-Hunt (Aubrey Montague), Lloyd Everitt (Athlete), Daniel Fraser (Athlete), Nickolas Grace (Master Of Trinity), Leemore Marrett Jr (Athlete), David Newman (Prince of Wales), Matthew Pearson (Sandy McGrath), Simon Slater (Mr Liddell/Foster), Savannah Stevenson (Sybil Gordon), Paul Tinto (Secretary of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society), Simon Williams (Master of Caius), Tam Williams (Lord Andrew Lindsay) and Nicholas Woodeson (Sam Mussabini).

Costumes are by Michael Howells with lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis.  The production will feature the music of Vangelis with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Carr.

The Hampstead Theatre production is being transferred to the West End by producers Hugh Hudson, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and Michael Rose Limited. In a press statement, the producers commented, "We are delighted to be working with the Hampstead Theatre on Edward Hall's production of Chariots of Fire.  We look forward to bringing this powerful production to the West End at a time when London will be united in celebrating the spirit of the Olympics." To book tickets for the West End run, on sale through Nov. 10, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130, or visit www.chariotsoffireonstage.com for more details.

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