Cast Announced for Hampstead Theatre's CHARIOTS OF FIRE; Opens May 9
Hampstead Theatre Production announces casting for the World Premiere of CHARIOTS OF FIRE, Wednesday, 9 May to Saturday 16 June 2012. For tickets and more information, visit: www.hampsteadtheatre.com.
A cast of 21 includes James McArdle as Harold Abrahams, Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell, 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.
This play is adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett, based on the Enigma Productions Motion Picture, by arrangement with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Allied Stars S.A. Panama, original screenplay by Colin Welland, directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether with costumes by Michael Howells, lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis and original music by Vangelis with additional music by Jason Carr.
A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds at the 1924 Olympic Games. Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief.
Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett brings one of the most thrilling Olympic stories to the stage for the first time in a new adaptation inspired by Colin Welland’s original screenplay. Directed by Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire will be performed on a spectacular set by award-winning designer Miriam Buether, which transforms Hampstead Theatre into a stadium, making an immersive experience that evokes the 1924 Paris games. The production will also feature the legendary music of the Vangelis score with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Carr.
Mike Bartlett is an increasingly important voice in modern theatre. His plays include Decade (Headlong Theatre), Earthquakes in London (Headlong and National Theatre), 13 (National Theatre), Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough) and Cock, Contractions and My Child (Royal Court). He is Writer-in-Residence at The National Theatre. His play Cock won a 2010 Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement and he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking, a radio play for BBC.
Edward Hall was appointed the Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre in 2010, making it one of London’s most prominent producing theatres, and for which he has directed No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment. He is also Artistic Director of Propeller, the all male Shakespeare Company who recently toured the hugely successful Richard III and The Comedy of Errors, and is currently touring Henry V and The Winter’s Tale.