Image of Harold Abrahams winning the 100m in the 1924 Olympics courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library.
Cut and pasted from the Hampstead Theatre website:
Chariots of Fire
Adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Edward Hall
9 May to 16 June 2012
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
1924. The Paris Olympic Games.
A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an Olympic tale of hope, honour and belief.
Mike Bartlett is bringing one of the most thrilling Olympic stories to the stage for the first time in a dazzling new adaptation from Colin Welland's original screenplay (His plays include 13 for the National). Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire promises to be the theatrical event of our Olympic year. Award winning designer Miriam Buether will be transforming Hampstead Theatre into its very own stadium giving an immersive experience that evokes the 1924 Paris Olympics.
For full details and to book tickets, follow the link:
In the London Olympics year of 2012, this is my hottest tip for the theatre event of the Summer; yes that is right, over and above anything that is on at the National! Public booking is now open and I have already got my tickets in!
I am not going to a single sporting Olympics event (I will be watching at home on my telly, like most people, or at All Souls on the big screen) BUT I am going to see this!
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Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
The film was written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. It is ranked 19th in the British Film Institute's list of Top 100 British films.
The film's title was inspired by the line, "Bring me my chariot of fire," from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn "Jerusalem"; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.
If you cannot get to Hampstead Theatre, you can buy the 1981 film on Amazon for under £5:
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