Xanadu London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse

The Broadway musical Xanadu will have its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in south London, from 16 October - 21 November with an official opening on 3 November 2015.

Featuring a book by Douglas Carter Beane the musical, which is based on the cult film of the same name, has a score by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The production will be directed by Paul Warwick Griffin with designs by Morgan Large, choreography by Nathan M. Wright and sound by Richard Brooker.

Described as a "roller skating musical adventure", the show is based on the 1980s cult movie which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The show originally opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway in 2007 where it ran for over 500 performances, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

"Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus for Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first roller disco. But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu features the chart topping songs from the film: "Magic", "Suddenly", "I'm Alive", "Evil Woman", "All Over the World" and of course, "Xanadu"!"

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