Edward Hall's Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from 22 June 2012, following its run at the North London venue. Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's new adaptation, inspired by Colin Welland's original screenplay, is now booking in the West End until 10 November 2012.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, this inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief has designs by Miriam Buether who will transform both the Hampstead and Gielgud Theatres into immersive stadia experiences, evoking the spirit of the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.
1924. The Paris Olympic Games. A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome predjudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds.
The cast, led by Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell and James McArdle as Harold Abrahams comprises Sam Archer (Athlete), Joe Bannister (Frank), Antonia Bernath (Florence Mackenzie), Natasha Broomfield (Jennie Liddell), Gareth Charlton (Athlete), Henry Davis (Athlete), Mark Edel-Hunt (Aubrey Montague), Lloyd Everitt (Athlete), Daniel Fraser (Athlete), Nickolas Grace (Master Of Trinity), Leemore Marrett Jr (Athlete), David Newman (Prince of Wales), Matthew Pearson (Sandy McGrath), Simon Slater (Mr Liddell/Foster), Savannah Stevenson (Sybil Gordon), Paul Tinto (Secretary of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society), Simon Williams (Master of Caius), Tam Williams (Lord Andrew Lindsay) and Nicholas Woodeson (Sam Mussabini).
Costumes are by Michael Howells with lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis. The production will feature the legendary music of Vangelis with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Carr.
West End producers Hugh Hudson, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson and Michael Rose Limited will transfer The Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire to the Gielgud Theatre. "We are delighted to be working with The Hampstead Theatre on Edward Hall's production of Chariots of Fire. We look forward to bringing this powerful production to the West End at a time when London will be united in celebrating the spirit of the Olympics."