It has been announced this week that David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ musical will be heading to the UK. The musical (which was one of Bowie’s final projects) is set to open on October 25 at London’s Kings Cross Theatre.
Lazarus is based on Bowie’s 1976 science fiction drama film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ and centres around one mysterious lead character, an alien named Thomas Jerome Newton. The show originally opened in New York and stars an ensemble cast including actors Michael C. Hall (of Dexter fame), Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and Scottish actor Alan Cumming.
It features a number of Bowie’s classic hits such as ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Life On Mars?’, ‘Changes’ and ‘Heroes’ as well as three original compositions written by Bowie entitled ‘No Plan’, ‘Killing A Little Time’ and ‘When I Met You’.
Just as Bowie’s final album ‘Black Star’ was largely unexpected by the general public, ‘Lazarus’ was also kept secret until its initial preview in November 2015. Despite this, tickets were sold out in a matter of hours for the entire first run of the show, which was eventually extended due to such high demand.
The play was written by Bowie and playwright Edna Walsh. It was directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who has made a name for himself in recent years as one of the top avant garde artistic directors in the world.
The UK leg of the musical will run from October 25 until January 21, 2017 with tickets ranging from £15 to £95. Tickets can be purchased at www.lazarusmusical.com
Michael C. Hall and Michael Esper are set to reprise their roles but it is still unknown as to whether the rest of the New York cast will return in the UK.
One thing for certain is that this is an absolute must see for all Bowie fans, and possibly the last time fans may get to witness a production that Bowie had a direct hand in creating.