A CLOCKWORK ORANGE to make New York premiere at NEW WORLD STAGES

June 28, 2017

DIRECT FROM A SOLD-OUT, ACCLAIMED LONDON RUN

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE BY ANTHONY BURGESS

DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRA SPENCER-JONES

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

SEPTEMBER 2017

AT NEW WORLD STAGES

(New York, NY – Wednesday June 28, 2017) Direct from a sold-out, award-winning London run, director Alexandra Spencer-Jones’s electrifying, critically-acclaimed stage production of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 literary masterpiece, will have its New York Premiere this fall in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Jonno Davies, who led the London cast, will make his New York Stage debut in the lead role of Alex De-Large. Previews begin Saturday, September 2, 2017, with an opening night of Monday, September 25, 2017, for the sixteen-week engagement through January 6, 2018.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his rebellious gang of Droogs is a ground-breaking classic of orgiastic ultra-violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Burgess’ book first published in 1962, and when Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking film caused a stir in 1971, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition. The Guardian wrote that “Alexandra Spencer-Jones touches the dark heart of a piece that is as pertinent today as it was 50 years ago. Maybe even more so…with a charismatic swagger, the production sucks the audience in with an indie-pop soundtrack and a physical performance style that has an edgy contemporary punch.”

The stage production – hailed by The Stage as “stylish, stylized, and drenched in sweat, with a breathless, exhilarating energy” – previously played a sold-out engagement at London’s Park Theatre in February 2017, after a run at the Soho Theater in 2012.  Davies’ performance was called “without a doubt one of the standout lead performances of the year,” by Broadway World UK. His other recent credits include Olivier Award-nominated Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre, Dracula at Edinburgh Festival and the hit 20th Century Fox spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Widely considered a cultural landmark since its release in 1962, A Clockwork Orange has been declared one of the "100 Greatest Novels of All Time" by both Time Magazine and The Guardian, the latter deeming it "a stunningly original novel that opened many literary doors for the work of subsequent British writers...a volume bursting with linguistic energy that continues to startle and inspire generations of new readers."  Kubrick’s film, released in 1971, was an immediate hit with American audiences and critics, grossed over ten times its budget, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is produced Off-Broadway by Glynis Henderson Productions and Martian Entertainment. This 2017 production celebrates the centennial of Anthony Burgess’ birth, in 1917.

Complete cast and creative team will be announced shortly.