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Michael C Hall to reprise lead role as Bowie musical Lazarus moves to London

Published 25/07/2016

David Bowie, who died of cancer in January, aged 69
David Bowie, who died of cancer in January, aged 69

Dexter actor Michael C Hall will head up the London production of the David Bowie musical Lazarus, which the singer created shortly before his death.

The production will transfer to London in the autumn following a sell-out run in New York.

It was one of Bowie's last works before he died in January 2016 following a battle with liver cancer.

The off-Broadway musical was co-written and co-produced by Bowie and showcases his songs including Heroes, Changes and Valentine's Day.

It also features his final single, titled Lazarus, which was released two days before his death, with lyrics including: "Look up here, I'm in heaven".

Lazarus will open at the King's Cross Theatre with performances from October 25, and will run until January 2017.

Written by Bowie and Enda Walsh and with direction by Ivo van Hove, Lazarus was inspired by the science fiction novel The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis.

Bowie himself starred in the 1976 film adaptation of Tevis's novel.

The musical tells the story of Thomas Newton - an extraterrestrial stuck on Earth, unable to die and haunted by a past love.

Hall will reprise the role of Newton in the London production and will be joined by his co-stars from the original US production, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso.

The American production first opened at the New York Theatre Workshop last November, with the New York Times calling it a " great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical".

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