James Norton has been set to guide the West End stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel A Little Life. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2015, the emotional story follows 4 faculty pals in New York City. Ivo van Hove (Network, Hedda Gabler) is directing the 12-week run on the Harold Pinter Theatre which begins on March 25.

Also starring are Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson, Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin), Zach Wyatt (The Witcher), Elliot Cowan (The Crown), Zubin Varla (Tammy Faye), Nathalie Armin (Force Majeure) and Emilio Doorgasingh (The Kite Runner).

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 12: Hanya Yanagihara creator of A Little Life, at a Photocall for the Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlisted Authors, on the Royal Festival Hall on October 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

The quartet of pals is made up of aspiring actor Willem (Thompson), profitable architect Malcolm (Wyatt), struggling artist JB (Douglas) and prodigious lawyer Jude (Norton). As ambition, habit and delight threaten to tug the group aside, they all the time discover themselves sure by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his previous.  But when these secrets and techniques come to mild, they lastly study that to know Jude St Francis is to grasp the limitless potential of affection within the face of life.

This would be the English-language premiere of the play; van Hove beforehand staged it in Dutch.

“The ebook is a form of a thriller, as a result of it turned an enormous bestseller,” van Hove told BBC News. “It’s somewhat bit unusual as a result of it talks about merciless issues, a couple of traumatic expertise that haunts someone for the remainder of his life.” He additionally advised the BBC that the runtime might be shortened to 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Sales of the novel have been modest following its publication, however phrase of mouth spurred it to over 2.5 million copies. Ticket gross sales for the Harold Pinter manufacturing are on sale from as we speak. 

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