Les Miz Director to Stage New Play About Dazzling and Tragic Life of Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen

News   Les Miz Director to Stage New Play About Dazzling and Tragic Life of Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen
 
McQueen, a new work from playwright James Phillips that takes inspiration from the dark and elaborate world of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, will premiere this spring in London.

Phillips (The Little Fir Tree, The Rubinstein Kiss, Hidden in the Sand) penned the play that is billed as a "journey into the visionary imagination and dark dream world of Alexander McQueen, fashion’s greatest contemporary artist."

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen

It takes inspiration from a 2008 McQueen quote: "I've got a 600-year-old elm tree in my garden. I made up a story: a girl lives in it and comes out of the darkness to meet a prince and becomes a queen."

The iconic fashion designer committed suicide in 2010.

John Caird (Les Misérables) will direct the May 12-June 6 run at the St. James Theatre. It will have choreography by Christopher Marney, production design by David Farley, lighting by David Howe, sound by John Leonard and video and projection design by Tim Bird.

Here's how it's billed: "Set on a single London night, it is more than a bio-play. It is stepping into the fairy story landscape of McQueen's mind, the landscape seen in his immortal shows, where with a dress an urchin can become an Amazon, where beauty might just help us survive the night. A girl has watched McQueen's Mayfair house for eleven consecutive days. Tonight she climbs down from her watching tree and breaks into his house, to steal a dress, to become someone special. He catches her, but, instead of calling the police, they embark together on a journey through London and into his heart."

Robert Mackintosh and Julian Stoneman produce McQueen.

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