Out-going Time Lord Matt Smith has been cast as Patrick Bateman in the musical version of American Psycho. Matt commenced rehearsals for the stage adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' 1991 novel. The part was originally played by Welsh actor and former Batman Christian Bale in 2000.
The musical is set to preview at London's Almeida Theatre on 3rd December 2013 ahead of the official opening on 12th December 2013; and it's initial run to end on 25th January 2014. Also included in the ensemble cast are Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.
Set design comes from Es Devlin, with costume design by Katrina Lindsay, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Jon Clark, musical direction from David Shrubsole, sound by Paul Arditti and video by Finn Ross.
If the musical is a success, there are plans to take it to the West End and Broadway. The book has been adapted for the stage by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. It is directed by Rupert Goold.
It is not known if the play makes use of the many 1980s songs referenced in the novel by the likes of Huey Lewis and the News and Phil Collins. Tickets are available via the phone (020 7359 4404), online and in person 10am to 7.30pm on Monday to Saturday.