Theatre, Film and TV  |  Jun 9, 2015

London Road, directed by Rufus Norris, premieres in the UK

London Road, directed by Rufus Norris, premieres in the UK on 9th June 2015.

The film adaptation of the critically acclaimed National Theatre documentary musical, produced by Cuba Pictures, looks at the aftermath of the Ipswich murders, focussing on the community of London Road. The verbatim musical, written by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, first opened at the National Theatre in 2011 and went on to have two sold-out runs and numerous five-star reviews. The film adaptation has also drawn widespread praise from critics. 

The film retains the original National Theatre cast, with Olivia Colman also joining as Julie and Tom Hardy appearing as a local cab driver. Kate Fleetwood plays Vicky, one of London Road’s prostitutes. Kate was also in the original National Theatre production for which she was Olivier Award nominated. The ensemble cast also includes Rosalie Craig and Nick Holder.

Rufus Norris’ first film, Broken, also produced by Cuba, opened critics week at Cannes and won Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Rufus is the current Artistic Director of the National Theatre, having taken on the role in April 2015, and is in rehearsals for Wonder.Land a musical stage adaptation with Damon Albarn inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which opens at Manchester International Festival in June 2015.

The premiere will be screened live to cinemas across the country on 9th June at 7pm. London Road will go on general UK release on 12 June.

What the critics are saying:

"London Road was a mighty success on stage. Now it is a unique triumph on the movie screen" ***** Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

“enthralling and haunting” ***** Dave Calhoun Time Out

"Director Rufus Norris shoots the outside spaces with relish, combining vérité (you really feel like you’ve spent an-hour-and-a-half in Ipswich) with The Wicker Man-style strangeness... a great British film that, by taking the road less travelled, has become a strong contender for musical of the year" **** Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard

“As gripping on screen as it was on stage, London Road remains a work of great finesse and originality” Stephen Dalton The Hollywood Reporter

"An original take on a notorious news story, this thoughtful look at community and snobbery is refreshing and unusual." **** Anna Smith Metro