Chariots of Fire - Gielgud Theatre

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Venue Information
Gielgud Theatre

Gielgud Theatre
35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue

Seating Plan


(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 6 review(s)


Latest Review: "This was a stunning play. I left amazed at the actor-musician-athlete cast, and inspired and move..."

The Gielgud Theatre decided to get in on the Olympic action in the summer of 2012 as it welcomed a games-themed stage show adapted from a well known 1981 British movie masterpiece.

Chariots of Fire” is set in the 1920s and is adapted for the West End by Mike Bartlett, well known for penning shows such as “Earthquakes in London”, which appeared at the National Theatre in 2010.

With the London 2012 games in town it was the perfect time to welcome the show and demonstrated the way in which the West End is embraced the games, ensuring that theatre tickets were in high demand.

The plot focuses in on two athletes during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. One is Eric Liddell (Jack Lowden), whilst the other is Harold Abrahams (James McArdle), who were played by the actors Ben Cross and Ian Charleson on the big screen. Liddell is competing as he is a devout Christian, whilst Abrahams is taking part to fight prejudice as he is an English Jew. It is based on a true story and went on to win various Academy Awards when it emerged in the early 1980s.

Writer Michael Bartlett has been behind various well known plays over the years, some of which appeared at the Royal Court and National Theatres. Perhaps his most famous is “Earthquakes in London”, which appeared at the latter venue in 2010, though he more recently wrote “13”, which appeared at the venue from 2011 to 2012. His other credits include “Cock” at the Royal Court Theatre, “Artefacts” at the Bush Theatre and various pieces of work that appeared on BBC Radio 4. As such he is a renowned writer and it is likely that more of his work will make it to the West End in the future.

Meanwhile, actors Jack Lowden and James McArdle have also amassed credits over the years, so London theatre audiences are likely to recognise them. Lowden has appeared in “Black Watch” for the Scottish National Theatre, which also toured around the UK, whilst McArdle has appeared in “Emperor and Galilean” at the National Theatre.

“Chariots of Fire” opened at the Gielgud Theatre on Friday 22nd June 2012 and its initial run was extended into the next year.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 22nd June 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 5th January 2013
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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