David Bowie’s Lazarus
The London premiere of David Bowie’s Lazarus at the King’s Cross Theatre
David Bowie and Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh’s off-Broadway production of Lazarus transfers to London’s King Cross Theatre in Autumn 2016.
Directed by Ivo van Hove Lazarus is inspired by Walter Tevis’ best-selling 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was subsequently made into a film starring Bowie, and 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 production 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.
Lazarus is based on 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 David Bowie in the 1976 film.
In search of water for his dying planet, an alien arrives on earth.
Experimented on by the Government and prevented from leaving, he is doomed to live a miserable reclusive life surrounded by wealth and excess.
A glimmer of hope arises when a mysterious girl appears to help him escape planet Earth. But something lurks in the shadows.
Inspired by Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus has a book and lyrics by David Bowie and Enda Walsh; Directed by Ivo van Hove with sets and lighting by Jan Versweyveld, costumes by An D’Huys, video by Tal Yarden, sound by Brian Ronan; choreography by Annie-B Parson and dramaturgy by Jan Peter Gerrits.