Chariots of Fire to close for 5 Jan 2013 at Gielgud Theatre

Chariots of Fire, has posted early closing notices for 5 Jan 2013, at the Gielgud Theatre.

The producers said: "The cast of Edward Hall's critically acclaimed production of Chariots of Fire will have collectively run over 1,700km when they take their final victory lap of the Gielgud Theatre track on 5 January 2013. Having being applauded by audiences including Olympians past and present, the starting gun will have been fired over almost 3,000 times in the West End when show completes its run. In this Olympic year we were delighted to have brought such a relevant and poignant production to the West End and plans are afoot to tour the production in 2013/14."

The play originally opened at the Hampstead Theatre, a fringe venue in north London, 9 May to 16 June 2012, before transferring to the West End's Gielgud Theatre on 23 June 2012, where it was originally booking to 10 Nov 2012, before announcing an extention in September to 2 Feb 2013, but this has now been curtailed to 5 Jan 2013.

It is adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett. Based on the Enigma Productions Limited Motion Picture, inspired by Colin Welland's original screenplay. Original music by Vangelis with additional music by Jason Carr.

Directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether, lighting by Rick Fisher, choreography by Scott Ambler, sound by Paul Groothuis, costumes by Michael Howells.

The Chariots of Fire is true story of two great athletes, outsiders who overcome prejudice and personal strife to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics. A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome predjudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds.

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