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New Diorama Theatre celebrates its first Off-Broadway transfer

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEW Diorama Theatre has announced that their Edinburgh Fringe hit show, Secret Life of Humans, is transferring for a five-week run at the Brits Off-Broadway which runs at New York’s 59E59 Theaters from May 30 to July 1, 2018.

The show, a co-production with Greenwich Theatre, written by David Byrne, and co-directed by David Byrne and Kate Stanley, is the first of their in-house productions to transfer internationally. The original cast and production team will transfer with the show.

The show, the New Diorama’s fifth in-house production, is devised and inspired by Yuval Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and the life of celebrated mathematician and television presenter Dr Jacob Bronowski.

In 1949, Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year.

David Byrne said: “Secret Life of Humans is the first of our in-house productions to transfer internationally and the whole ensemble are incredibly excited to present our hit show to New York audiences. Jacob Bronowski, one of the show’s central characters, had his first big US hit with Ascent of Man, which we recreate as part of the production. So hopefully that’ll be a good omen for the success of Secret Life of Humans Off-Broadway.”

Before transferring to New York, Secret Life of Humans will run at the New Diorama Theatre from April 10 to May 5 and at Greenwich Theatre from May 8 to May 12, 2018.

Read more about New Diorama’s 2017/2018 season.