The UK premiere of David Bowie’s Lazarus might be heading to the King’s Cross Theatre.
At the time of Bowie’s death it was reported the production would transfer to London however the producers were looking for an alternative theatre space to what was available in the West End.
Reports in the press this week have indicated a temporary 800 seat theatre is to be built for the show at the site of the King’s Cross Theatre complex, home to hit shows In the Heights and The Railway Children.
It was also reported the production would be ‘tweaked’ and ‘fine tuned’ before it opened in London, possibly in late Autumn 2016 or early Spring 2017.
Directed by Ivo van Hove Lazarus is inspired by the classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 film. An alien comes to earth in search of water for his dying planet, prevented from leaving by the Government, he is doomed, unable to leave yet unable to enjoy his new life on earth.
Lazarus features new songs specially composed by Bowie as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs including Changes, Absolute Beginners and The Man Who Sold The World.
The world premiere of Lazarus starring Michael C Hall opened on 7 December 2015 at the New York Theatre Workshop, off-Broadway, shortly before Bowie’s death from cancer. You can read a reviews round-up of the sold out production here. Lazarus has a book and lyrics by David Bowie and Enda Walsh.