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American Psycho - Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RUPERT Goold, the Almeida’s Artistic Director Designate, will direct the world premiere of American Psycho, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from December 12, 2013 (previews from December 3) to January 25, 2014.

A musical thriller with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, American Psycho is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people – including those closest to him – keep disappearing.

American Psycho was famously filmed in the year 2000, with Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

This new stage production is an Almeida co-production with Headlong in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment.

Rupert Goold’s association with the Almeida Theatre Company began in 2008 when he directed Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Goold’s Headlong Theatre Company is also co-producing with the Almeida in May to present the world premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, directed by Lyndsey Turner.

Goold has been Artistic Director of Headlong since 2005 and was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012. Previously, he was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres (2002 – 2005). Goold has twice been the recipient of Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard awards for Best Director.

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Rodney Ackland’s Before The Party continues at the Almeida until May 11, 2013.