Stage version to play in West End from June 22
LONDON — The stage version of the 1981 Best Picture Oscar winner “Chariots of Fire” has announced a West End berth at the Gielgud beginning June 22.Producers Hugh Hudson (who helmed the movie), Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and Michael Rose Ltd. will move Edward Hall’s stage premiere of the adaptation by Mike Bartlett (“Cock”) directly after its opening tryout at London’s Hampstead Theater, which runs May 9-June 12. Running during the London Olympics this summer, the production is set around the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Based on the true story of a devout Scottish Christian running for the glory of God and the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew running to overcome prejudice, the show features a design by Miriam Buether, which will transform both the Hampstead and Gielgud auditoria to emulate an Olympic stadium. Jack Lowden and James McArdle star, and the production will feature part of the Oscar-winning score by Vangelis, plus additional music by Jason Carr, choreography by Scott Ambler and lighting by Rick Fisher (“Billy Elliot”). The stage show will also coincide with the 20th Century Fox and the British Film Institute re-release in the U.K. of the original movie. Opening July 13, two weeks ahead of the Opening Ceremony, the digitally restored movie will unspool at more than 100 screens as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations.