See Edgar Wright-Approved 'Shaun of the Dead' Stage Show Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
December 31, 2014
Though we may not be getting the Edgar Wright version of Ant-Man, we're greatly anticipated whatever project the filmmaker decides to take on next. In the meantime, fans of Wright's breakthrough film Shaun of the Dead can occupy their time with a stage show adaptation approved by the director himself. Almost Legal Productions has put together a live stage adaptation, complete with musical numbers and audience participation, of the zombie comedy, and after premiering in October, it's coming back to the stage in the next few months. And we have a trailer showing off what you can expect from the production. Watch now!
Here's a synopsis of what you can expect from the 110-minute show that you can see in England:
Life is going nowhere for Shaun. He spends his life in his local pub, with his best mate Ed, has issues with his Mum and step-dad and things aren’t running too smoothly with his girlfriend Liz. When Liz dumps him, Shaun finally decides to get his life in order. He must win back her heart, repair his relationship with his mum and face up to his responsibilities. Unfortunately, there is a slight problem with the world being taken over by Zombies. For the newly inspired Shaun, this is just another obstacle. In the face of a full scale ZOMBIE EPIDEMIC, armed with a cricket bat and his best mate with a spade, Shaun & Ed go to rescue Liz, her friends, mum and grudgingly his step-dad, and take them to the safest most secure place he knows.
Belief from Simon Pegg and Working Title together with Universal Pictures is about to put Almost Legal Productions on the map. They cut their teeth with several of the most difficult to stage productions. This has enabled ALP to work extensively on adapting one of the most all out zombie UK comedy favourites to stage. With audience participation, goody bags with all the kit required to take part, songs and dances, ALP are set to bring you life after death!
Chortle reveals that director Chas Burns got permission to do the stage show from Universal Pictures and Working Title just be e-mailing Simon Pegg's assistant. He notes, "It helped that Simon is originally from the area and is patron of Stroud Music & Drama Academy. He lent his name last year to support the academy, to give something back." Both Pegg and Wright gave their blessing to the show as well, and the star of the film even tweeted when the show headed into previews, "Good luck or I should say, lose a leg, to Almost Legal's production of Shaun Of The Dead Live tonight in Stroud." But he's since left Twitter.
And the boost from Pegg has resulted in some massive demand for the show. Burns says, "We had people all over the world asking us to bring it to their countries. The excitement was too much. Our entire cast and crew were doing their best to keep their feet on the ground.'" As of now, the show currently has 15 dates booked for 2015, but they're largely in the South West of England. So if you're across the pond, you may want to go out of you way to check this out while you can (check out the schedule right here). As for us here in the United States, we'll just hope that maybe this gets big enough to make it overseas. Cool?