A new musical thriller
Directed By Rupert Goold
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
Tickets £10 - £45
"There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.”
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people - including those closest to him - keep disappearing.
Rupert Goold directs this musical adaptation, from the composer of Spring Awakening, which casts Patrick Bateman centre stage as an anti-hero for our time.
The Almeida, Headlong and Act 4 Entertainment bring Bret Easton Ellis’s iconic novel to the stage for the first time, its satirical commentary on capitalism resonating as strongly now as it did two decades ago.
Previews 3 - 11 December
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 14 Dec
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 22 Jan
Friday 10 Jan at 7.30pm
Saturday 18 Jan at 2.30pm
Audio Described by VocalEyes
Saturday 11 Jan at 2.30pm
(Touch Tour at 12.45pm)
Theatre includes: The Lyons (Menier Chocolate Factory); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Shelf Life (Old Red Lion); Fish and Company (Soho Theatre); Antigone at Hell’s Mouth (Kneehigh Theatre); The Master and Margarita (Lyric Hammersmith); Blue Remembered; Hills; Uncle Vanya; The Country Life; Electra; The White Devil (LAMDA).
Television includes: The Selection; Pramface; The Bible Project; Cricklewood Greats;Heavenly; Lark Rise To Candleford’; Toast; Firstlight; Lewis; Point of Vanishing; The Devil’s Whore; Compulsion.
Film includes: The Railway Man; In the Night.
Ben trained at LAMDA and the NYT.
★★★★★ Pure, decadent pleasure… will delight even those who think that they don’t like musicals.
★★★★★ Bleakly funny and superbly staged… the most stylish production of the year.
★★★★★ This stunning high-concept musical… is one of the most original in recent years: creepy, beautiful, reverberative, hollow, sleek and disturbing.
★★★★★ A stylish feast… Matt Smith kills it.
The Daily Mirror
★★★★★ Smith is compulsive viewing… the supporting cast are excellent.
★★★★ A superb performance by Matt Smith, who serves up an intriguing blend of nihilism, cold vanity and twisted charm.
★★★★ Confirms the mythic power of Ellis' story and leaves us all dangerously entertained.
★★★★ Goold, Sheik and scriptwriter Robert Aguirre-Sacasa have retooled American Psycho as a comedy for our time.
★★★★ Rupert Goold’s diabolically slick production.
Seriously audacious… carves out both new territory for this powerhouse theatre as well as demonstrating Goold’s trademark directorial dash and panache.
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval. Please note this production includes strobe lighting.