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Chariots of Fire extends booking period

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DUE TO overwhelming public demand, Edward Hall’s critically acclaimed production of Chariots of Fire has extended its booking period at the Gielgud Theatre until February 2, 2013.

Since transferring to the West End in May this year, Chariots of Fire has been championed by Olympians past and present who have joined theatregoers in applauding this inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief.

Previously Posted: Today, May 30, 2012, tickets have gone on sale for the West End transfer of Edward Hall’s Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire, which runs at the Gielgud Theatre from June 23 to November 10, 2012.

Priced £26 – £55 plus concessions, tickets are available from the box office on 0844 4825130 or online at

Previously Posted: Edward Hall’s Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, where it runs from June 23 to November 10, 2012.

Inspired by Colin Welland’s original screenplay and adapted for stage by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, Chariots of Fire is based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams.

An inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief, it has designs by Miriam Buether who will transform both the Hampstead and Gielgud Theatres into immersive stadia experiences, thereby evoking the spirit of the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God and the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome predjudice. Two young track athletes, they live for the beautiful purity of running and 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).

Jack Lowden’s previous roles include Cammy in the Olivier award-winning Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland which was also seen at the Barbican and on tour worldwide. On television he has appeared in Blue Haven and Being Victor.

James McArdle’s theatre credits include The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company), Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre), A Month in The Country (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spur of The Moment (Royal Court) and Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe). His screen work includes The Best Possible Taste, Appropriate Adult and Page Eight (TV); Private Peaceful (film).

Nickolas Grace’s most recent stage credits include Mahler’s Conversion (Aldwych Theatre) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in Brideshead Revisited, Robin of Sherwood, Shellseekers, The Commander and Daniel Deronda (TV); The Golden Bowl, Tom and Viv, Two Deaths, The Hardest Part and These Foolish Things (film).

Simon Williams’ stage work includes Yes, Prime Minister (Apollo Theatre and on tour nationally), The Power of Yes (National Theatre), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville Theatre).

Although he will always be remembered as Captain James Bellamy in the original series of Upstairs, Downstairs, he has also appeared on television in Bad Girls, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Heartbeat, Merlin, Cutting It, Bergerac, Family Affairs and Holby City.

Mike Bartlett’s plays include Love, Love, Love for Paines Plough, which opens at The Royal Court later this month directed by James Grieve, Earthquakes in London (Headlong and National Theatre), 13 (National Theatre), and Cock, Contractions and My Child (Royal Court).

Bartlett is Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre. His play Cock won the 2010 Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement and Bartlett also won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking, a radio play for BBC.

Edward Hall was appointed Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre in 2010 where he has subsequently 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.

His many theatre credits in London and New York include The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville Theatre), Once In A Lifetime, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Edmond (National Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Roundabout Theatre, New York) and The Taming of the Shrew (Old Vic).

Chariots of Fire has costumes by Michael Howells, lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis. The production will feature the legendary music of Vangelis (Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander), with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Carr (Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles).

Colin Welland’s 1981 Academy Award-winning film of the same name starred Ian Charleson and Ben Cross as athletes Liddell and Abrahams, and was directed by Hugh Hudson. Produced by David Puttnam, it also won the BAFTA award for Best Film plus a further two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets: £26 – £55 plus concessions (all prices include a £1 theatre restoration levy) – available from the box office on 0844 4825130 or from the Official Website.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm.

Chariots of Fire runs at Hampstead Theatre from May 22 (previews from May 9) to June 16, 2012.