The Dice Man Rolls at London’s Arts From Feb. 4, 2004

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The Dice Man lives again! Anyone familiar with Luke Rhinehart’s cult headrush of a novel, 1971’s “The Dice Man”, will know what sort of thing to expect from the stage version – set to play London’s Arts Theatre from Feb. 4 (press night, Feb. 10). To coin a cliché, expect the unexpected.

  The book told of Rhinehart’s invention of a new way of life, ruled by the throw of his dice. He would give himself a range of options (which would often range from something as harmless as fixing himself a drink to something as unpalatable as having sex with his distinctly unattractive secretary) and attach each to different numbers on the dice. The play, The Dice House, was written by Paul Lucas, with Rhinehart’s input. It premiered at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in summer 2001 and has since been seen on the London and Edinburgh fringes. The Arts, however, will be its first central London showcase. Graeme Messer directs. The producers are Dice House Productions with Birmingham Stage Company, Newpalm Productions, Peter Wolff and the Old Red Lion. Casting is not yet known.

Amusingly, the £6-£36 seat prices can be determined by throwing a dice to decide how much audience members pay. For the first week of performances Rhinehart himself will be there to supervise this rather wacky process (of course a true follower of the dice would insist that ticket-holders roll before they leave the house to see if they should actually turn up).

For more information phone the Arts on (0)20 7836 3334, or visit

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