London's Chocolate Factory to Revive Hampton's Total Eclipse

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London's increasingly influential Menier Chocolate Factory will stage a revival of Christopher Hampton's debut play, Total Eclipse, starring Olivier nominee Daniel Evans and Jamie Doyle.

Hampton's play, about nineteenth-century French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine, will officially open at the Southwark venue on March 28 following previews that begin March 21.

Evans starred in the title role of the Chocolate Factory's acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park With George. It is thought the production, which has garnered six Olivier nominations, will transfer to New York’s Studio 54 in the fall of this year. Menier producer David Babani told he hoped Evans would be able to reprise his title role performance for the transfer.

In the meantime, Babani has another success on his hands with the Chocolate Factory’s hit Christmas show Little Shop of Horrors, which arrives in the West End March 6.

Hampton (The Philanthropist, Les Liaison Dangereuses) wrote Total Eclipse for the Royal Court where it premiered in 1968. The theatre's current acclaimed production of The Seagull, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, was translated by Hampton.

In Total Eclipse Verlaine (Evans) is living with his young wife Mathilde in the oppressive atmosphere of her parents' home. His life is turned upside down by the arrival of teenage prodigy Rimbaud, played by Doyle, best known for Channel Four's "Shameless." Paul Miller (Sing Yer Heart For The Lads) directs. For more on Total Eclipse, call (0)20 7907 7060 .

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