Here Lies Love Will Make London Premiere at National's Dorfman Theatre
01 Jul 2014
Here Lies Love, currently running at Off-Broadway's Public Theater in an open-ended commercial run following its premiere there last year, has been confirmed to receive its U.K. premeire at the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe) at London's National Theatre, following its complete refurbishment as part of the NT Future project.
It will begin performances there Sept. 30 prior to an official opening Oct. 13, for a continuous run through Jan. 8, 2015.
According to press materials, the show "traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace." The new Dorfman Theatre is transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging.
As in New York, spectators sitting in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors during the show. There will be seating available in the galleries.
The musical features concept and lyrics by David Byrne (founding member of the band Talking Heads and creator of the record label Luaka Pop) and music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim (also known as Norman Cook, who is a Grammy Award-winning DJ, musician and record producer and first rose to prominence in the 1980s as bassist of the indie rock band The Housemartins, and went on to form the band, Beats International). They previously collaborated in 2008 with Dizzee Rascal on The Brighton Port Authority. There is additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo.
The musical is directed by Alex Timbers (currently represented on Broadway by Rocky), with choreography by Annie-B Parson, set design by David Korins, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The music supervisor is Kimberly Grigsby; Justin Levine is the collaborating music producer, and the music editor is Matt Stine. Here Lies Love is presented by special arrangement with Joey Parnes and EMURSIVE.
Casting is still to be announced.
Public booking opens July 18. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.