'Chariots of Fire' hitting London stage
Cue that music: The Oscar-winning 1980 drama Chariots of Fire will get an entirely new kind of run. London’s Hampstead Theatre announced that, just in time for this summer’s Olympics, they’ll hold the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s stage adaptation of the film about two runners beating the odds (and facing down anti-Semitism) in the 1924 Olympics.
The production — which will feature parts of Vangelis’ iconic original score , as well as new music by by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Carr (Sunday in the Park With George) — will be directed by Hampstead’s artistic director Edward Hall, who said in a statement regarding Chariots of Fire and the theater’s other spring-summer 2012 shows (including “an epic staging of three Tom Murphy plays”), “I am delighted to announce a new season of major theatrical events for Hampstead Theatre which reflects our ambition to give memorable evenings in the theater in what promises to be a memorable year for us all.”
The Hampstead production of Chariots of Fire is set to begin previews on May 9. (No word yet on whether there will be any stage adaptations in the works of Crash, Dances With Wolves, Shakespeare in Love, Forrest Gump, or any other Movies That Had No Right Winning Best Picture.)