Runtime: 1h 20m
Writer Bryony Lavery and director Melly Still had a hit together with The Lovely Bones. Now they reunite for this stage version of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s story about a writer in search of love who goes missing. But her best friend, K, won’t rest and goes in search of her. It’s a haunting story of desire, loneliness, and longing, and this partnership should bring out the strange but alluring mix of mystery and magic that makes the novel so distinctive.
Partly a story of love and loneliness, partly a detective story, Murakami’s novel is brought to stage by Tony Award nominee Bryony Lavery (Frozen, The Book of Dust) and Tony and Olivier Award nominee Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend, Coram Boy). Following their partnership onThe Lovely Bones, Lavery and Still join forces once again on the story of Sumire, a young Japanese writer who can’t find the words to write, who styles herself on Jack Kerouac and who falls head-over-heels in love with Miu, 17 years her senior. But when Sumire goes missing on a Greek Island, her best friend K’s search for her unearths more questions than answers.Sputnik Sweetheart journeys through Tokyo, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, and an intangible space of shifting realities. Murakami’s story is about doing whatever it takes to overcome loneliness and rest in certainty. Age recommendation: 14+ Content warnings: discussions of sexual assault, depictions of a sexual nature, illustrations of animal abuse.