Xanadu to Receive U.K. Premiere at London's Southwark Playhouse

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Xanadu, the 2007 Tony-nominated Broadway musical version of the cult 1980 film about a woman who makes dreams come true, is to receive its U.K. premiere at London's Southwark Playouse, beginning performances Oct. 16 for a run through Nov. 21.

With a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, the production will be directed by Paul Warwick Griffin and designed by Morgan Large, with choreography by Nathan M. Wright and sound by Richard Brooker.

Cheyenne Jackson and Kerry Butler in the original Broadway production of <i>Xanadu</i>
Cheyenne Jackson and Kerry Butler in the original Broadway production of Xanadu Photo by Peter Lueders/Paul Kolnik Studio

The film starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus for Venice Beach, CA, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco. But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu features the chart-topping songs from the film, including "Magic," "Suddenly," "I’m Alive," "Evil Woman," "All Over the World” and, of course, the title track "Xanadu."

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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