Full dates have now been confirmed for Headlong's musical adaptations of Bret Easton Ellis' cult 1991 novel American Psycho, which Rupert Goold will direct at the Almeida Theatre shortly after he takes over as the new artistic director of the theatre. The premiere production will run from 12 December 2013 to 25 January 2014 (previews from 3 December).

Billed as "a bloody satire", American Psycho tells the story of Wall Street trader and self-possessed serial killer Patrick Bateman, who is living the high life in 1980s Manhanttan - buying the most expensive designer clothes, eating at the most exclusive restaurants, partying at the hottest clubs … and indulging in much darker transgressions privately.

The novel has sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide. The 2000 film adaptation starred Christian Bale as Bateman.

Casting for the stage adaptation of American Psycho has not yet been announced. The musical has with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik. The production is designed by Es Devlin, with lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti, musical direction by David Shrubsole and choreography by Lynne Page.

Currently artistic director of Headlong, Rupert Goold takes over full time at the Almeida in August 2013, succeeding Michael Attenborough.