David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ musical coming to UK, say reports

Stage show opened in New York late last year

David Bowie‘s musical Lazarus, one of his last artistic ventures, will come to the UK, according to reports.

The stage show, which opened in New York late last year, is based on Bowie’s 1976 film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, which saw the musician playing the character of an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton.

The show, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh and directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, stars Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C Hall.

The Telegraph reports that the show will be staged in London’s West End shortly. Producer Robert Fox stated yesterday that Lazarus will travel to London “in the fullness of time”, while artistic director James Nicola hinted at plans to tour the production, saying: “I’ve heard all kinds of interest and scenarios and so forth. I would hope so. It’s such a strong work of art.”

Speaking to Jeremy Paxman in 2000, Bowie expressed his desire to write musicals and plays. “When I was a teenager I had it in my mind that I would be a creator of musicals for the West End and Broadway, and people would do my songs,” he said.

Lazarus is currently running at the New York Theatre Workshop until January 17.

Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.