American Psycho, the new musical by Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel, began its London world-premiere engagement Dec. 3 at the Almeida Theatre.
The musical thriller, set during the height of the 1980's era of Wall Street greed, is directed by Rupert Goold (Macbeth, King Lear, Enron). American Psycho officially opens Dec. 12 and will continue through Feb. 1, 2014.
A First Look at Duncan Sheik Musical American Psycho, Starring Matt Smith of Doctor Who
BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith stars as serial killer Patrick Bateman. The cast also features Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.
The production has set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, with choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Jon Clark, musical direction from David Shrubsole, sound by Paul Arditti and video by Finn Ross.
American Psycho is an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman.
According to the Almeida, "Wildly controversial on publication, 'American Psycho' is now acknowledged as one of the great literary satires. In the narcissistic yuppie psychopath Patrick Bateman, writer Bret Easton Ellis created one of the most iconic antiheroes of the 20th century."