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Chariots of Fire - A Runaway Success

A Chariots of Fire stage production was the brainchild of the 1981 film's director, Hugh Hudson, who went on to co-produce the play with the script written by Mike Bartlett, who has written for theatre and radio and is the winner of a National Theatre Award for the play Bull. Chariots of Fire opened at the Gielgud Theatre on the 3rd July 2012 but closed just five months and while play sadly didn't receive any awards, it was highly acclaimed by the critics and audiences alike.

The two featured roles were awarded to relatively unknown actors, Jack Lowden, who recently won an Olivier Award for his part in an adaptation of the play Ghosts, and James McArdle, a RADA trained theatre actor who graduated in 2010. The film's iconic score, which was composed by Vangelis, was used in the play alongside new pieces composed by Vangelis and Tony Award winning Composer, Jason Carr.

What is Chariots of Fire About?

Chariots of Fire is based upon a true story about two Cambridge Students - Harold Abrahams is Jewish and Eric Liddle is a Scottish Christian. Both want to run in the 1924 Paris Olympics but have different reasons for doing so. The play is a thought provoking story about commitment, integrity, sticking to your principles and overcoming adversity.

Did you Know?

Rowan Atkinson did a brilliant skit in the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony to the music of Chariots of Fire.

Additional Information


Previews from: 22 June 2012

Opening night: 3 July 2012

Closing night: 5 January 2013


Chariots of Fire is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

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What You Say

4 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

Lois Asher: “Moving & Inspiring”

This play was stunning in its performance & conception. If you are wonder... more

Simon: “An Unexpected Treat”

I couldn't imagine how you could turn a film based around running onto the ... more

George W: “Tremendously Moving”

We saw Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud theatre on Oct 18th and absolutely l... more

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