Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho to hit the West End as musical

Theatre company warns audiences to expect "a lot of blood" in the first ever musical adaptation of the controversial novel


American Psycho is being turned into a musical by a London theatre company.


Headlong Theatre has announced that it intends to stage the first ever musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel, and audiences have been warned by the show’s writer to expect “a lot of blood”.

Duncan Sheik, whose past credits include the Tony Award-winning rock version of German play Spiritual Awakening, will compose music and lyrics for the new production and described the musical as “so far, completely electronic. Prophet 5, Moog, various drum machines. Imagine Depeche Mode as the pit band!”

Venues, cast and opening dates have yet to be confirmed, but the production will be directed by Headlong’s artistic director, Rupert Goold.

American Psycho, a disturbing satire about the yuppie boom of the 1980s, caused an outcry when it was published in 1991 because of the book’s unflinching violence and its cold-hearted protagonist. It caused further controversy in 2000 when the novel was turned into a film starring Christian Bale as serial killer Patrick Bateman.


Bret Easton Ellis recently made an announcement on Twitter suggesting he intends to revive Bateman for a sequel to the book.