Yes the title of this article is accurate. Night Of The Living Dead, the classic and beloved 1968 horror film is going to be a theater production. If for some reason you have not seen this classic horror film then fo watch it, the film helped redefine a genera.
Staring Ashley Samuels (Ben), seen in Fun Home at the Young Vic and Motown the Musical in the West End, in the iconic role of the protagonist, with Jennifer Harding (Helen/Judy) who was named Hello Magazine’s Rising Star of 2018 and received multi-award nominations for her role in The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Marc Pickering (Harry) best known for playing the young Sheriff Enoch Thompson in Sky Atlantic’s Boardwalk Empire, Mari McGinlay (Barbra) winner of the Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Award, Mike Bodie (Chief McClelland) who has starred in The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and is a creator and founding member of Mischief Theatre, and Tama Phethean (Tom) previously seen at The Globe in The Great Duke of Florence and The False One.
Not only does this production have a great cast but it has some very nice touches to help make it stand out from the competition. The set is entirely monochrome and will feature many iconic scenes from the original. A mix of fun and fright this looks to be truly entertaining and for the more adventurous viewer you can sit right up close in the so called “Splatter Zone”.
Night of the Living Dead™ Live, based on the film by George A. Romero, is co-produced by award-winning producer Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. It is written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin and created by Christopher Harrison and Phil Pattison. The production is directed by Benji Sperring, designed by Diego Pitarch with lighting design by Nic Farman, soundscape design by Samuel West and casting by Jane Deitch. Tickets on sale here.
Personally I will have to see this just because of the concept, after all I am the guy who backed the American Psycho The Musical kickstarter. Any theater production that has a “Splatter Zone” is a must see in my book.