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What's it all about?
Celebrate one of the UK's greatest ever sporting achievements this summer, as a thrilling new stage production of Chariots of Fire lights up the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.
Featuring the original, iconic score by Vangelis and a brilliant ensemble cast, Chariots of Fire brings to life the incredible true story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, two British athletes whose honour, sacrifice and courage brought them glory and immortality on the greatest sporting stage of all, the Olympic Games.
What's the story?
At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games Harold Abrahams, an English Jew, will run to defeat prejudice and Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian, will run for the glory of God.
But first these young, gifted track athletes must fight a battle fraught with social and political pressures to gain acceptance and win the chance to represent Great Britain at the Games. Based on an extraordinary true story, Chariots of Fire is a tale of hope, honour and belief prevailing in the face of overwhelming odds.
Who's in it?
The cast for Chariots of Fire is led by Jack Lowden as Eric Liddell and James McArdle as Harold Abrahams.
Jack's previous theatre work includes Peter Pan (Kudos), A View from the Bridge, Crime and Punishment, Uncle Vanya, Sweet Sorrow, Just for Janis (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama).
Among James' stage credits are the title role in The Heart of Robin Hood for the RSC, Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre, Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court and Macbeth at the Globe.
They are joined by Simon Williams as Master of Caius and Nickolas Grace as Master Of Trinity. The remainder of the cast comprises Joe Bannister (Frank), Antonia Bernath (Florence Mackenzie), Natasha Broomfield (Jennie Liddell), Gareth Charlton David Newman (Prince of Wales), Matthew Pearson (Sandy McGrath), Simon Slater (Mr Liddell/Foster), Savannah Stevenson (Sybil Gordon), Paul Tinto (Secretary of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society), Tam Williams (Lord Andrew Lindsay), Mark Edel-Hunt (Aubrey Montague) and Nicholas Woodeson (Sam Mussabini). Also appearing are Sam Archer, Henry Davis, Lloyd Everitt, Daniel Fraser and Leemore Marrett Jr.
Who is Chariots of Fire suitable for?
If you're a fan of the film and you doubt that the play can match up, fear not - original director Hugh Hudson and producer David Puttnam were very much involved in this wonderful stage adaptation.
Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett has respect for the source material too, and has said of his script for the play: "I realised that the rhythm of the dialogue, the speeches, and the voice and tone Welland [the screenwriter] found are as intrinsic to the film as the images of the runners on the beach...much of that is still in there."
Even if you're a total newcomer to the rousing tale of Olympic champions Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, you're on safe ground here. Bartlett had Chariots amateurs in mind when penning the script. As such, it's as suitable a treat for the sports fan who fancies a little more drama added to this Olympic season as it is for the dedicated theatregoer.
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Chariots of Fire reviews - most recent customers
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We had never been to The Guildgud theatre before and we enjoyed that. We thought the show was amazing. When we saw the small size of the theatre we wondered how it would be possible to have runners who looked as if they were really running: it WAS possible. We thought the personal dilemmas of both Abahams and Liddle were portrayed brilliantly and the whole experience was both moving and inspiring. It was a shame that the show came off two weeks only as more than one person to whom I have spoken since have said that they had hoped to go.
It was a very exciting and enjoyable show. The staging, with it's concentric circles was so clever and the performances good. I enjoyed it more than the film which from memory was sentimental...this had more humour.
It was amazing, so well producdd, acted, stage design so simple and so effective, without doubt one of the best shows I have seen :-)
We wondered how a play about athletic achievement would be staged. The superb staging and use of stage area during the play ,for us, enhanced the Abrahams and Liddell story. The music supported the story and the acting was excellent throughout. Linking it with the recent Olympics was an obvious thing to do but was a fitting end to the show. We also congratulate the compilers of the programme as it helped greatly as a package of information about the achievements of both athletes after their successes in the 1924 Olympics. As lifelong fans of G&S it as great to hear snippets weaved within the story Overall an excellent show.
Great show - the choreography was just brilliant!"
A close up and personal experience - top quality performances. 3 generations of our family saw the show, from teenagers to seniors we were drawn in and captured by the energy, passion and pre race nerves. Sadly this show ends Sat 5th Jan 2013, race for tickets if you can!
Did You Know?
It may not seem like sport and theatre would be two forms of media that go together well, but playwright Mike Bartlett has discovered the opposite to be true. "They're good metaphors for each other," he's said. "They both involve goals, tactics, achievement, glory, failure, team play, betrayal." A hint of what you can expect in this play!
Chariots of Fire is directed by Hampstead Theatre artistic director Edward Hall. The production is designed by Miriam Buether (who worked on Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London) and will also feature the music of the legendary Vangelis score with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award winning composer Jason Carr.
Costumes are by Michael Howells with lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Paul Groothuis.
1981 Academy Awards
Original Musical Score
Writing Original Screenplay
1981 BAFTA Awards