West End's Chariots of Fire to Shutter Early
By Mark Shenton
The world stage premiere of Chariots of Fire, adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett from Colin Welland's Oscar-winning screenplay to the 1981 Enigma Productions film of the same name, is to shutter at the Gielgud Theatre Jan. 5. It was originally booking through Feb. 2.
The production originated at Hampstead Theatre in May 2012, before transferring to the Gielgud in June.
It is based on the true story of two young track athletes who represented Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games, 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. They have been played by Jack Lowden and James McArdle, respectively.
Also in the cast are Sam Archer, Joe Bannister, Antonia Bernath, Natasha Broomfield, Gareth Charlton, Henry Davis, Mark Edel-Hunt, Lloyd Everitt, Daniel Fraser, Nickolas Grace, Leemore Marrett jr., David Newman, Matthew Pearson, Simon Slater, Savannah Stevenson, Paul Tinto, Simon Williams, Tam Williams and Nicholas Woodeson.
The play is directed by Edward Hall and designed by Miriam Buether with costumes by Michael Howells, lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis. Original music is by Vangelis with additional music by Jason Carr.
In a press statement, the producers commented, "The cast of Edward Hall's critically acclaimed production of Chariots of Fire will have collectively run over 1,700km when they take their final victory lap of the Gielgud Theatre track on January 5, 2013. In the Olympic year we were delighted to have brought such a relevant and poignant production to the West End and plans are afoot to tour the production in 2013/14."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130, or visit www.chariotsoffireonstage.com for more details.
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