Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Seats in the ‘golden circle’ are in the middle of the extended stage running track. They are very close to the stage, and you won’t be able to see the floor, but provide a very interactive experience. Sitting in the Dress Circle will give a better overall view of this clever use of staging.
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Booking Until: 5 January 2013
Tourists arriving in London for the Olympic Games will enjoy bridging the gap between the world sporting event and quality West End theatre, but this production is certainly no gimmick. Directed by Edward Hall with designs by Miriam Buether this play is one of the most exciting new shows to open in London over the summer. Whether you are behind the event or not, the inspirational story will move you and have you gripped on the edge of your seat.
The play is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Please note that children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Set at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games two young track athletes compete together facing social prejudice and political pressures. This heart warming and inspirational story shows the young hopefuls overcoming odds in a tale of hope, honour and belief. Timed perfectly to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, this screen-to-stage adaptation will be like no other, inviting audiences to witness a unique theatrical event. Featuring a talented ensemble cast as well as the Oscar Winnings score by Vangelis this will be an event not to be missed.
After opening to rave reviews at London’s Hampstead Theatre, this unique production has now opened in the West End. Pushing the boundaries of theatre, the show creates a running track around the audience, creating a fully interactive experience. As the cast show off their energy and skill, the story unfolds in front of your eyes, leaving you with solid, well cast production that acts as a perfect ambassador to the 2012 games. Based on a true story, Edward Hall’s direction brings out the drama, excitement and pride and will leave you jumping for joy.
Harold Abrahams – a Jewish student studying at Cambridge University. He is determined to win the Gold Medal and to prove everyone wrong. He competes at university and is selected for the Olympic team.
Eric Liddell – a Scottish runner whose family are Christian missionaries. Although he goes against the grain by wanting to be an athlete, he refuses to compete on a Sunday, forcing him into a difficult decision.
- The original film starred famous stage actors Ian Charleson and John Gielgud, who the theatre it is playing at is named after!
- The score by Vangelis is used repeatedly throughout the show, and was also used throughout all of the Olympic games this summer.