Here Lies Love set to hit the London stage


A new disco musical that is set to be staged at the National Theatre in London this autumn is ready to create plenty of headlines in the coming months.

That’s because it concerns former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, and has been created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.

The musical actually opened last year in New York and has been earning rave reviews on the other side of the Atlantic.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, director Alex Timbers said that the eagerly-awaited musical would have its premiere in the capital in October.

The National Theatre, meanwhile, noted that talks were “progressing fruitfully”, yet the transfer to the London stage was not yet fully confirmed.

The focus of the show is Imelda Marcos, who had great influence during the reign of her husband Ferdinand, who was in charge of the Philippines between 1966 and ’86.

During this time, she collected an amazing collection of art, jewellery and more than 1,000 pairs of shoes.

The pair were ousted in 1986 and investigators said that their combined wealth amounted to $10 billion (£5.8 billion).

Critical reviews of the show have been largely positive, with the Huffington Post’s Steven Suskin saying: “A musical? A disco musical? A theatrical extravaganza? All three jumbled together, and something not quite like anything New York theatergoers have ever seen.”

Meanwhile, Ben Brantley of the New York Times said that it was “a lot of fun if you just go with the sweaty flow”, adding that Byrne “sets a new standard for audience participation”.

Here Love Lies has already claimed five gongs at the Lucille Lortel Awards, which goes to underline its appeal.

The National Theatre is among the most famous institutions of its kind and can be reached using the London Underground network from the Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch.