About the showThe music of David Bowie will once again return to the London stage as his musical Lazarus takes to the stage at the King’s Cross Theatre.
Lazarus is inspired by the book The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis, which Bowie had previously starred in the movie version of, acting as a form of sequel.
Being first staged at the New York Theatre Workshop in November 2015, it was kept a secret until shortly before its launch, being one of Bowie’s last pieces of work to be completed before his death, along with his album Blackstar. The premiere in New York on 7th December 2015 was Bowie’s last public appearance, taking place shortly before his death just over a month later.
Lazarus features a range of songs from throughout Bowie’s career, including much loved classics such as Life on Mars, Heroes and Changes, as well as also containing three original tracks written especially for Lazarus - No Plan, Killing A Little Time and When I Met You.
The musical was co-written by Enda Walsh, the prolific Irish playwright who has reached critical acclaim with productions such as Once, The Twits and Disco Pigs. It is directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who is known for being the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in the Netherlands and for his Off-Broadway avant garde experimental theatre. He has recently directed A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic as well as The Crucible on Broadway.
Lazarus tells the tale of Thomas Newton, as he is stuck still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his brain swimming in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. The story follows Newton over the course of a few days, where the arrival of another wandering soul, might just finally be able to set him free.
The original New York cast reprise their roles, with Michael C Hall taking the lead role of Thomas Newton. Hall is best known for his roles as Dexter Morgan in Dexter and David Fisher in Six Feet Under. He is joined by Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Last Ship and The Lyons) in the role of Valentine and Sophia Anne Caruso as Girl.
David Bowie is one of most iconic pop stars to have ever lived, with his musical career spanning over 5 decades, consistently innovating and delving into a wide range of other projects including theatre, film and television. Lazarus marks one of his last artistic works and is a must see for any fan. Lazarus began previews at the King's Cross Theatre (South Entrance) on 25th October 2016 and is set to run through to 22nd January 2017.