David Bowie musical Lazarus will open in London later this year.

The musical will preview at the King’s Cross Theatre from 25 October ahead of its official run which starts on 8 November and ends on 22 January.

Dexter star Michael C. Hall will reprise his role from the New York production as alcoholic alien Thomas Newton, with Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso also returning for the new production.

The rock icon worked with Once playwright Enda Walsh in the months before his death to develop Lazarus, based on the Walter Tevis novel which inspired his 1976 cult movie The Man Who Fell to Earth. Lazarus focuses on Thomas, as he remains still on Earth – a “man” unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. The musical, which includes music from Bowie’s back catalogue and his final album Blackstar, follows Thomas during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might set him finally free.

The Starman singer opened the off-Broadway show late last year, just weeks before his death from cancer in January. Demand saw tickets changing hands for up to $2,500, according to the New York Post.

Lazarus will again be directed by Ivo van Hove, with the show played Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with 3pm matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

When it opened in New York, The Guardian described Lazarus as “unapologetically weird… and oddly intriguing”.


Rolling Stone praised the show as a “surrealistic tour de force.”