Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
1924. The Paris Olympic Games.
A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an Olympic tale of hope, honour and belief.
Mike Bartlett is bringing one of the most thrilling Olympic stories to the stage for the first time in a dazzling new adaptation from Colin Welland's original screenplay. His plays include Earthquakes in London for Headlong Theatre, 13 for the National, Love, Love, Love for Paines Plough, the Olivier Award-winning Cock, Contractions and My Child at the Royal Court and Artefacts at the Bush.
Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire promises to be the theatrical event of our Olympic year. The production will also feature the music of the legendary Vangelis score with additional live music and arrangements by Tony Award winning composer Jason Carr.
The London run will coincide with the 20th Century Fox and the British Film Institute re-release in the U.K. of the original Oscar-winning movie. Opening July 13, two weeks ahead of the Olympics' Opening Ceremony, the digitally restored movie will play on more than 100 screens as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations.