Along with the release of the album Blackstar, one of the late David Bowie’s final projects was the musical Lazarus, which opened at the New York Theater Workshop in November 2015. Bowie co-wrote the show with Enda Walsh, and the show features music from Bowie’s final album Blackstar as well as Bowie’s back catalogue. After the show closed in January 2016, London fans were teased with the news that Lazarus was going to make the jump across the Atlantic, however there was no clue on who would be in the London cast or when exactly it would open.
Now all our questions have been answered; Michael C. Hall who played the role of Thomas Newton, the man who fell to Earth, will reprise the role for the London production when it opens at a newly built performance space at London’s King Cross Theatre. Hall will also be joined by Sophia Anne Caruso and Michael Esper, both of whom starred in the original off Broadway production.
The production will be directed by Tony and Olivier award winning director Ivo Van Hove. “Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might set him finally free.”
The production, which opens on October 25 2016 and is booking until January 22 2017, will mark Hall’s London stage debut and with the news that the performance space will be a brand new custom built performance space it looks like fans are going to be in for an interesting show. With so many of the cast and creative transferring from the off Broadway production I hope that many of the interesting creative decisions from the original production will be in the London show. For many British Bowie fans, it will feel like his final piece of art is finally coming home.
Tickets for the show are on sale now, and with tickets starting at £15 it is great to see another price accessible show opening in London.