Confirmed: HERE LIES LOVE to Play National's Dorfman Theatre
Director Alex Timbers confirmed in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter that Here Lies Love, the musical based on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's 2010 concept album, will be opening in London at the National's Dorfman Theatre in October.
The show tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos' rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. It originally opened in April 2013 at the Public Theatre in New York City, and was extended by popular demand on four occasions.
Despite wanting the show to continue after its run in New York, Byrne had not found any other venues that could preserve the vibrant nature of the show. He told The Hollywood reporter that because "it's a simulated danceclub disco and the performance goes on all around you -- we can't do it in a regular theater." Upon the decision to bring the show abroad, the creative team stumbled across the Dorfman, and it felt like the perfect fit.
In addition to its opening in London, Here Lies Love has also recently begun a second run at the Public on May 1. Unlike the National production which will be entirely re-cast, the Public production features the same principal cast that appeared in the original run.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's interview with Byrne, "the Public generously said, 'Come back into the place where you were. You can do a commercial run here, and we'll make some kind of deal. We don't want it to disappear for too long.'"
Here Lies Love has recently won 4 Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Sound Design. It is also a previous recipient of the Obie Award for Best Music & Lyrics and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, among many other honors during its celebrated 2013 world premiere engagement.
Here Lies Love is a 90-minute theatrical experience. Set within a dance club atmosphere, audiences will stand and move with the actors, and dancing is encouraged.