Leake Street Tunnels in London Will Present Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Cement Garden
By Mark Shenton
The Leake Street Tunnels, located below Waterloo Station in London and previously home to the Old Vic Tunnels, will reopen to house Vault 2014, a wide-ranging program of performance, live music, discussion and late-night events, presented by Heritage Arts.
The program is headlined by two theatre productions, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Cement Garden.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will begin performances Jan. 28, 2014, prior to an official opening Jan. 30, for a run through March 8. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's story is re-envisioned by Lou Stein, an old friend of Thompson's, who directs and adapts it. According to press materials, "This production explores Thompson’s newly pertinent warnings about the loss of national identity and resonates with the instability that threatens journalism today." The cast will inluce Nina Smith and Libby Northedge.
In a press statement, Stein commented, "Discover one of the wildest, most vibrant and utterly essential books of our time in a theatrical context. By immersing the audience in the color, sounds and soul of the 70s in a contemporary venue, the play will become an event experience. The production marks a continuation of my long friendship with the artist Ralph Steadman, whose visual art is part of its DNA, but it is also a celebration of Hunter S Thompson – he was an ally, friend, and has been a gonzo beacon for me throughout my theatre career."
Stein was the founding artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill as well as the Gate at the Latchmere, Battersea, and subsequently artistic director at Watford Palace Theatre. He has premiered 33 plays by living playwrights in his career.
VAULT will also present The Cement Garden, a world premiere stage adaptation of Ian McEwan's dark coming-of-age tale of four abruptly orphaned children. It will begin performances Jan. 28 prior to an official opening Jan. 31, for a run through March 8. FallOut Theatre’s production, co-written by David Aula and Jimmy Osborne, will give audience members access to the cellar, which houses the family's secret, as the young characters attempt to make sense of the adult world.
Full listings and tickets for all events will be available from www.vaultfestival.co.uk.
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