Ivo van Hove's A Little Life transfers to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre as it begins preview performances March 25. It arrives from the Richmond Theatre where the production had a preview run March 14-18. The play will open at the Harold Pinter April 5 and run through June 18. A Little Life has already been extended, and will transfer a second time to complete its run at the Savoy Theatre July 4-August 5.
Based on the novel by Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life stars James Norton (Grantchester, Belleville), Luke Thompson (Bridgerton, King Lear), Omari Douglas (Nolly, Cabaret), and Zach Wyatt (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Bartholomew Fair) as four friends—a lawyer, an actor, an architect, and an artist. Taking place over the course of three decades, A Little Life follows them from college to their middle-age lives in New York City and explores the complex relationships between them.
They are joined in the cast by Elliot Cowan (The Crown, 2:22 A Ghost Story) as Brother Luke/Doctor Traylor/Caleb, Zubin Varla (Andor, Tammy Faye) as Harold, Nathalie Armin (Treason, Force Majeure) as Ana, and Emilio Doorgasingh (Ted Lasso, Best of Enemies) as Andy.
The book was adapted for the stage by Koen Tachelet, van Hove, and Yanagihara. This production marks the first time the stage version will be performed in English.
Van Hove directs the production which features set, lighting, and video design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys, music and sound design by Eric Sleichim, casting by Julia Horan, and hair, makeup, and prosthetics design by Susanna Peretz. Versweyveld, D’Huys, and Sleichim are frequent collaborators of van Hove's, and previously worked on the play's previous production in Amsterdam which subsequently played Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Wessex Grove, Gavin Kalin Productions, and Playful Productions present the production which opens booking for the extension March 10. A Little Life has also partnered with Applause for Thought which works on supporting the wellbeing and mental health of the production's company through creating safe spaces.