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    A witty marathon of sight, sound and sweat
    Time Out
    "...the challenges of the production are punishing yet handled with aplomb.
    The Evening Standard

Chariots of Fire Tickets

Chariots of Fire is the highly anticipated stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed film of the same name. The show began its Olympic journey at the Hampstead Theatre and is now blazing a trail into the West End at the Gielgud Theatre. Based on the true story of two men who both compete in the 1924 Olympics; one man runs as a means for missionary work and the other as a stand to antisemitism.

Adapted by award winning writer Mike Bartlett, directed by Edward Hall and co-produced by the film’s original director Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire is transported from screen to stage in this epic production celebrating a triumphant moment in British sporting history.

Chariots of Fire is based on the true story of two Cambridge students from different religious backgrounds, who both choose to run in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddle, a devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God, whilst Harold Abrahams, a young Jewish man, runs to overcome adversity. The play proves as triumphant in its critical reception as the gold medallists Abrahams and Liddle themselves, with the Mail on Sunday hailing the play as ‘a magnificent triumph’.

The original film was a highly regarded cinematic feat, nominated for over 36 awards and winning a total of 16. Chariots of Fire received a BAFTA for Best Film and an Oscar for Best Picture. Vangelis and Jason Carr also won the Oscar for Best Music/Original Score.

Similar to Hudson’s casting of relative unknowns for the film, Hall was also keen to cast fresh faces in the stage play. Jack Lowden makes his West End debut as Liddell alongside 2010 RADA graduate James McArdle who plays Abrahams. What’s more, Hall continues his dutiful homage to the film by working alongside the film’s composer Vangelis, who uses some of the original film soundtrack alongside new music in collaboration with Tony Award winning composer Jason Carr.

As Vangelis’ instrumental ‘Chariots of Fire’ reverberates in audiences ears, one cannot close their eyes without imagining the famous slow motion running sequence from the film. The stage adaptation packs just as much energy, passion and conviction as its screen-based predecessor and audience members will not be disappointed in this fantastic celebration of British Olympic history.

Sorry this show closed 05 January 2013, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
22 Jun 2012 - 05 Jan 2013
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes.
Audience Notes:
Film buffs, sport fanatics and theatre lovers alike will enjoy this highly anticipated stage adaptation of the much loved classic film.

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