Almeida’s The Twilight Zone gets West End transfer
The stage production of Rod Serling's seminal sci-fi TV show will run at the Ambassadors next year
Directed by Richard Jones, the adaptation weaves several episodes from Rod Serling’s wildly popular science-fiction anthology series from the 1960s into one creepy, sweeping narrative, and it is the first time the series has been seen on stage.
The Twilight Zone is considered as the seminal American sci-fi series, with a number of episodes making their mark in television history as pop culture icons. The series draws comparisons to the modern Channel 4/Netflix series Black Mirror: each episode posed moral questions through a series of eerie, often shocking narratives which almost always contained a stunning twist.
This adaptation by Washburn, who wrote freaky Simpsons-based play Mr Burns which ran at the Almeida, premiered in November 2017. In a review, LondonTheatre.co.uk called the production a “weird and wonderful” homage to the show on which it was based.
When it premiered at the Almeida, the production starred Lizzy Connolly, Amy Griffiths, Matthew Needham, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Franc Ashman, Adrianna Bertola, Neil Haigh, Cosmo Jarvis, John Marquez and Sam Swainsbury. However, the West End cast is yet to be announced.
The Almeida production had set by Paul Steinberg, with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, compositions by Sarah Angliss, sound by Angliss and Christopher Shutt, movement by Aletta Collins and illusions by Richard Wiseman.
Recently, it was announced that Get Out writer Jordan Peele would be rebooting the series with a modern twist, which is set to be released next year.
The Twilight Zone tickets are available now.