Runtime: 3h 40m
Stopping off in London’s leafy suburbs before it hits the Harold Pinter Theatre and the West End at the end of the month, Ivo Van Hove’s English-language version of his epic stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s novel stars James Norton as the damaged and enigmatic Jude, whose ability to deal with intimacy has been destroyed by his experiences of abuse. Van Hove’s European staging was seen in Edinburgh last summer with subtitles, and it was brutal, bruising, and heartbreaking. Very long too, but utterly compelling. It’s a show in which you must go with the flow, and that flow carries you into whirlpools and eddies that offer an increasingly complex portrait of a man whose experiences have made him unknowable—even to his closest friends. The result is an evening that is sometimes both unbearable to watch and also feels like a privilege. The UK cast is stepping into some very big shoes, but if they fill them, this will be one of the theatrical events of the year.
Following record-breaking demand at Harold Pinter Theatre and previously at Richmond Theatre, Ivo van Hove’s acclaimed production of Hanya Yanagihara’s million-copy bestseller will play a further 5 weeks at the West End's Savoy Theatre. The limited run starts on 4 July. James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester) stars in the theatrical event of 2023 as visionary director Ivo van Hove (Network, A View from the Bridge) stages the English language premiere of A LITTLE LIFE. The highly anticipated play also stars Luke Thompson (Bridgerton, Hamlet), Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin, Constellations), Zach Wyatt (The Witcher, I and You), Elliot Cowan (The Crown, 2:22 A Ghost Story), Zubin Varla (Tammy Faye, Equus), Nathalie Armin (Force Majeure, The Doctor), and Emilio Doorgasingh (Best of Enemies, The Kite Runner). A Little Life follows four college friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, successful architect Malcolm, struggling artist JB, and prodigious lawyer Jude. As ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group apart, they always find themselves bound by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his past. But when those secrets come to light, they finally learn that to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life. Age Recommendation: 16+ Includes strong language, nudity, sexual violence, physical and emotional abuse, self-harm, and suicide
A Little Life, the bestselling novel by Hanya Yanagihara, is coming to the West End in a much-anticipated stage production headed for the Harold Pinter Theatre. The devastating story that sold a million books centres on lawyer Jude St. Francis as he navigates his present whilst dealing with the impact of his past. Bolstered by the love of his friends but still not completely free of the shadows that haunt him, Jude and his inner circle learn how to move forward through difficulty and unpack complex experience of loving another person, even if you will never fully understand them.
This exciting new production is set to land at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Saturday 25 March, playing a limited run until Sunday 18 June. With an excellent cast led by James Norton and direction from theatrical visionary Ivo van Hove, A Little Life is set to be unmissable. Get your A Little Life London tickets today.
A Little Life follows four college friends growing up in New York. There’s aspiring actor Willem, flourishing architect Malcolm, down on his luck artist JB, and Jude St Francis, a rising star in law. They’re a close-knit group, but each has their own struggles, from addiction to ambition. And Jude’s journey is perhaps the darkest of all. When the mysteries of Jude’s past start to come to the surface, his friends begin to realise a valuable truth: that to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life.
A Little Life tells a story of success, failure, brotherhood, and growing up. Above all, it teaches us that the love we have for our friends, and the things that love can achieve, may surprise us. Catch this spectacular production when it arrives in London this spring and get your A Little Life tickets now.
A Little Life features Happy Valley star James Norton in the leading role of lawyer Jude St Francis. It also features Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson as Willem, It’s A Sin’s Omari Douglas as JB and The Witcher’s Zach Wyatt as Malcolm.
The cast is completed by Elliot Cowan (The Crown), Zubin Varla (Tammy Faye), Nathalie Armin (The Doctor) and Emilio Doorgasingh (Best Of Enemies).
This visionary new production will play at London’s historic Savoy Theatre. It is adapted from Hanya Yanagihara’s novel of the same name, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize. A Little Life will be directed by Ivo van Hove, visionary director of Network and A View From The Bridge.
A Little Life promises to be one of the best new productions to hit the West End in 2023, with a moving script, thoughtful direction and star-studded cast. It arrives at the Harold Pinter theatre in March 2023 for a limited season, meaning that tickets are sure to be in high demand. Don’t miss out on A Little Life London tickets – secure yours today with Stagedoor.