Frank Wildhorn's Death Note: The Musical, seen in Japan in 2015 and Korea in 2017, will make its English-language premiere with two concerts at the London Palladium August 21-22.
Nick Winston will direct and choreograph. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the musical has a score by Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, Bonnie and Clyde), lyrics by Jack Murphy, and a book by Ivan Menchell.
Death Note follows Tokyo high school student Light Yagami, who comes across a discarded notebook owned by Ryuk, a mythological god of death. Discovering he can kill anyone by writing their names in the notebook, Light takes justice into his own hands by filling the notebook with names of the most wanted criminals. But a detective known as “L” is tracking him down.
Wildhorn says, “Death Note: The Musical has been the most unique, strange, edgy, and wonderful musical journey for me. It’s been a dream of mine to bring this show from Asia to the West End of London, and here we are!”
The creative team also includes associate director and choreographer Alex Sarmiento, costume designer Kimie Nakano, musical supervisor Katy Richardson, musical director Chris Ma, orchestrator Jason Howland, designer Justin Williams, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Ben Harrison, and casting director Harry Blumenau.
In 2017, Netflix released a TV adaptation of Death Note starring Willem Defoe.
Carter Dixon McGill Production and Indie Theatrical produce. Tickets will go on sale June 2 at LWTheatres.co.uk.