Zombie classic Night of the Living Dead revived for stage premiere at Pleasance

They’re coming to get you!

Cult zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead, is being revived for a stage show at London’s Pleasance Theatre this spring starring Ashley Samuels and Jennifer Harding.

A loving comedic tribute to the world-renowned zombie film, this production skirts the line between the horrific and the hysterical, culminating in a frightening and funny night out.

Audiences can choose to sit among the gore in one of the special Splatter Zones or those who prefer to keep zombies at arm’s length can opt for seating in the Supposedly Safe Zones.

Casting has been announced today for this first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production based on George A. Romero’s cult film.

Samuels, recently been seen in Fun Home at the Young Vic and Motown the Musical in the West End, plays the iconic role of the protagonist, Ben, with rising star Jennifer Harding as Helen/Judy.

The show also features Marc Pickering, best known for playing the young Sheriff Enoch Thompson in Sky Atlantic’s Boardwalk Empire and Mari McGinlay, winner of the Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Award.

Casting is completed with Mike Bodie, who has starred in The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and is a creator and founding member of Mischief Theatre, and Tama Phethean, previously seen at The Globe in The Great Duke of Florence and The False One.

Night of the Living Dead is set in 1960s, rural Pennsylvania. Six strangers find themselves at a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by zombies – what could possibly go wrong? Who will make it out alive?

This new adaptation will be played out on a monochrome set paying homage to the 1968 classic and featuring all the iconic scenes along with an entirely new journey for the beloved characters from the farmhouse in the second act.

First seen in 1968, Night of the Living Dead is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential releases of all time.

Previously dominated by Hammer horror, George A. Romero radically redefined the genre of the modern horror film introducing zombies as a social construct in his seminal 1968 movie.

His influence is still felt today spawning countless zombie films and series such as Sean of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

More than 50 years on, the story of Night of the Living Dead remains as relevant as ever through its exploration of race, class division and America’s national identity.

Night of the Living Dead Live!, written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin, and directed by Benji Sperring, runs at the Pleasance Theatre from April 9 – May 19.

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