A new play themed around the celebrated animated series is to open on the London stage after successfully playing to audiences in New York and Washington DC. Mr Burns will premiere at the Almeida Theatre in Islington on 5 June and, according to its synopsis, we can expect some deep, existential stuff:
“It’s the end of everything in contemporary America. A future without power. But what will survive?
“Mr Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are, explodes the boundaries between pop and high culture and, when society has crumbled, imagines the future for America’s most famous family.”
Directed by Robert Icke and starring Adrian der Gregorian, Justine Mitchell and Jenna Russell, the production garnered plenty of positive reviews when it played in the States.
The New York Times called Mr Burns “downright brilliant”, before adding, “When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?” while the New York Post told audiences to “Get in line ASAP. This bizarre, funny, bleak, wonderful show is even better than its hype.”
Over here, we haven’t seen much of that “hype” just yet, but if you’re interested in booking tickets, take a look at the trailer below…