Doctor Who’s Matt Smith to play American Psycho

Rupert Goold’s new musical thriller of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho to star Doctor Who’s Matt Smith.

Matt Smith to star in American Psycho
Matt Smith to star in American Psycho

Casting has been announced for the new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre based on cult novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

American Psycho will star Matt Smith as the lead character of narcissistic yuppie psychopath Patrick Bateman.

Ben Aldridge as Paul Owen, Charlie Anson as Craig McDermott, Jonathan Bailey as Tim Price, Katie Brayben as Courtney Lawrence, Cassandra Compton as Jean, Holly Dale Spencer as Prostitute, Susannah Fielding as Evelyn Williams, Simon Gregor as Detective Kimball, Holly James as Prostitute, Lucie Jones as Female Ensemble, Tom Kay as Sean Bateman, Gillian Kirkpatrick as Patrick’s Mother and Mrs Wolfe, Eugene McCoy as David Van Patten and Hugh Skinner as Luis Carruthers.

The world premiere of the new show, which will be directed by new Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, features a book by Spiderman: Turn off the Dark’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik.

The show will run at the Almeida from 3 December 2013 to 25 January 2014.

The creative team includes set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Jon Clark, musical direction by David Shrubsole, sound by Paul Arditti and video by Finn Ross.

American Psycho was turned into a hit movie in 2000 starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, Justin Theroux as Timothy Bryce, Chloë Sevigny as Jean and Reese Witherspoon as Evelyn Williams.

American Psycho is an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman.


Matt Smith: Best known for playing Doctor Who in the cult BBC TV show. Other TV includes Christopher and His Kind (BBC). Theatre includes That Face (Royal Court, West End), On the Shore of the Wide World, Burn, Citizenship, Chatroom and The History Boys (National Theatre), Fresh Kills (Royal Court), Swimming with Sharks (West End). Film includes How To Catch A Monster (written and directed by Ryan Gosling).


Almeida Theatre website

📷 Main photo: Rupert Goold's new musical thriller of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho to star Doctor Who's Matt Smith.

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