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Night of the Living Dead Live, based on George A Romero's film, to run at Pleasance Theatre

The piece was approved by the Romero estate

George A Romero
© Douglas Education Center, The George A Romero Film Program

The first ever UK stage production based on George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead will open at Pleasance Theatre in April.

Endorsed by the Romero estate with Romero himself approving the script before his death, the show is directed by Benji Sperring (The Toxic Avenger) and sees the events of the film played out on stage. It is written by Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin, and created by Christopher Harrison and Phil Pattison.

The production will pay homage to the film with a combination of horror and humour, with iconic scenes from the film played out alongside new material.

Night of the Living Dead film still
© Aria Entertainment and Senbla

George A Romero's 1968 film is credited with being one of the first to put zombies on the screen, and has become a cult phenomenon and was selected for preservation by the US Library of Congress. It follows a group of strangers stranded in a lonely farmhouse as a group of zombies attack.

Wife of the late Romero and founder of the Romero Foundation Suzanne Desrocher-Romero said: "How super exciting that Night of the Living Dead will be in London. Romero loved London night and day and now London will enjoy Night! Stay Scared!"

The piece runs from 9 April to 19 May.