London World Premiere of American Psycho Ends Feb. 1
By Adam Hetrick
The London world premiere of Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel "American Psycho" ends its sold-out run Feb. 1 at London's 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 began performances Dec. 3, 2013, and officially opened Dec. 12 to strong critical notices.
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 had 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."
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