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“Here Lies Love” Announces First International Production!

National Theatre Press Contact:
Susie Newbery

U.S. Press Contact:
Rick Miramontez / Pete Sanders / Marie Pace
rick@oandmco.com / pete@oandmco.com / marie@oandmco.com


“H E R E   L I E S   L O V E” 



The award-winning New York production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, will open at the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe), following its complete refurbishment as part of the National Theatre Future project.  Here Lies Love plays from September 30th through January 8th, 2015.

With concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, it is directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Annie-B Parson, set design by David Korins, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The music supervisor is Kimberly Grigsby; Justin Levine is the collaborating music producer, and the music editor is Matt Stine.

The Public Theater’s production of Here Lies Love, which premiered in New York in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The new Dorfman Theatre is transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging.

Producer Joey Parnes said “We are thrilled that the first International production of Here Lies Love will be opening in London.  Domestically, we are currently exploring venues for the show in San Francisco and have had interest expressed by presenters in Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver. On the international front we are looking at venues in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and have had definite interest from Manila, Tokyo, Singapore and South America.”

Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors. There will be seating in the galleries; the performance length is 90 minutes. In addition to places bookable in advance, 20 tickets at £20 in the pit will be made available every Friday at 12 noon for the week ahead for every performance, bookable online.

David Byrne is a founding member of the band Talking Heads and creator of the record label Luaka Pop. His works include Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation at the Battery Maritime Building, New York and the Roundhouse in London; contributions to the score of The Last Emperor, for which he won an Oscar; Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, a collaboration with Brian Eno; This Must be the Place, a collaboration with Will Oldham for the soundtrack to the Sean Penn film; and Love This Giant, his collaboration with musician St. Vincent.  David Byrne’s books include Bicycle Diaries and How Music Works; he also publishes and exhibits visual art, including photography and filmmaking.

Fatboy Slim, also known as Norman Cook, is a Grammy Award-winning DJ, musician and record producer. He first rose to prominence in the 1980s as bassist of the indie rock band The Housemartins, and went on to form the band, Beats International. In 1996, as Fatboy Slim, he released Better Living Through Chemistry, and his follow-up successes include You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby and Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars.

Alex Timbers’ credits include Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, Obie Award Best Director, Tony nomination Best Director), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award Best Book, Tony nomination Best Book).  He is the Artistic Director of the company Les Freres Corbusier.

Here Lies Love in London is presented by special arrangement with Joey Parnes and EMURSIVE.

The production in New York reopened at the Public Theater on May 1st, 2014 to great critical and audience acclaim.

Here Lies Love continues its open-end New York run at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Performances are Mondays through Thursdays at 8 pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets, which are priced from $99.00 to $129.00 are available at the Public Theater Box Office, by phone at 212 967-7555 or online at www.herelieslove.com