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The Twilight Zone transfers to the West End

The Twilight Zone

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, The Twilight Zone is transferring to the West End – to the Ambassadors Theatre, where it will begin performances on March 4, 2019.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by the multi award-winning director (winner of seven Olivier Awards), Richard Jones, this production of the acclaimed classic CBS television series The Twilight Zone is an ingenious mixture of morality tales, fables and fantasy that are as relevant today as when audiences first encountered them.

The Twilight Zone is based on original stories by Rod Serling, and two of the most frequent and celebrated contributors, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson from the CBS television series. It is one of television’s most revered and influential science-fiction fantasy shows and ran on American network CBS from 1959 to 1964, winning three Emmy Awards during its 156-episode run.

Its incisive parables explore humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices. The programme has had a seminal influence on popular culture; from Stephen King to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to Steven Spielberg, The Simpsons to Black Mirror.

With the original series celebrating its 60th Anniversary Year, a new version of The Twilight Zone recently began production and is coming to CBS All Access in 2019 with Jordan Peele serving as host and narrator.

The upcoming new series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

The Twilight Zone stage production is presented under license by CBS Consumer Products.

Ron Fogelman, Producer, said: “The impact the production had on the audience at the Almeida Theatre was wonderful, showing just how timeless these stories continue to be. Anne Washburn and Richard Jones have created a unique experience for the theatre that taps straight into the imagination.”

Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre, said: “Half of the people who booked to see The Twilight Zone at the Almeida were visiting our theatre for the first time so it feels hugely exciting to be giving new audiences another chance to catch this extraordinary, wildly entertaining creation from Anne Washburn and Richard Jones.”

Veronica Hart, Executive Vice President, CBS Consumer Products, said: “The play captures the thought-provoking, comedic and unnerving essence of the original Twilight Zone, allowing these powerful stories to be enjoyed in an entirely new way by a whole new audience.”

The Twilight Zone has design by Paul Steinberg, with costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and D.M Wood, composition and sound by Sarah Angliss, sound by Christopher Shutt, movement direction by Aletta Collins, casting by Julia Horan, and illusions by Richard Wiseman and Will Houstoun. Casting will be announced in due course.

Tickets (on general sale from Thursday, October 11, 2018): from £19.50 (all tickets for previews priced at £25 and under). To book, call the Ambassadors Theatre Box Office on 020 7395 5405 or visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/. Alternatively, call the Almeida Theatre Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or visit almeida.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:45pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.

Foxfinder continues at the Ambassadors Theatre until October 20. It will be followed – from October 27, 2018 to January 5, 2019 – by Eugenius! The Musical.