Ahead of its preview run at the Richmond Theatre March 14-18, Ivo van Hove's A Little Life has extended its run in London's West End. THe production will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre March 25 and open April 5 for a run through June 18. With its extension, A Little Life will again transfer to the Savoy Theatre to play July 4-August 5.
The production stars James Norton (Grantchester, Belleville) as Jude, Luke Thompson (Bridgerton, King Lear) as Willem, Omari Douglas (Nolly, Cabaret) as JB, Zach Wyatt (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Bartholomew Fair) as Malcolm, 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), and Emilio Doorgasingh (Ted Lasso, Best of Enemies) as Andy.
Based on the novel by Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life was adapted for the stage by Koen Tachelet, van Hove, and Yanagihara. The play explores the complex relationships between 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. This production is the first time the play 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.