Tintin is to get a West End outing this Christmas as Rufus Norris’s acclaimed show Hergé’s Adventures Of Tintin comes to the Playhouse on 12 December (previews from 6 December).
Originally performed at the Barbican in November 2005, this show tells the story of Tintin in Tibet. It follows the cartoon-book hero, his loyal dog Snowy and the curmudgeonly Captain Haddock as they battle to rescue their friend Chang, who has disappeared in a plane crash in the high Himalayas.
Appropriately, 2007 is the centenary of the birth of Tintin’s creator, Belgian artist Georges Remi, whose pen name was Hergé. He created the young cartoon adventurer in 1929 and since then over 200 million copies of the 23 Tintin stories have been sold. Last month it was reported that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson plan to produce a film trilogy based on the character.
Hergé’s Adventures Of Tintin has been adapted for the stage by David Greig (My Boy Jack) and Norris, who also directs. His other work as a director includes Festen at the Almeida and the Lyric in 2004, the musical Cabaret, which is currently running at the Lyric and the recent Young Vic production of Vernon God Little.
Hergé’s Adventures Of Tintin is booking at the Playhouse until 23 February 2008.