‘Fatal Attraction’ to become a stage play, will debut in London

Glenn Close and Michael Douglas in the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction."
(Andy Schwartz / Paramount Pictures)

It is the West End play that will not be ignored. A stage version of the 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction” will open on London’s West End next year. The play, directed by the award-winning Trevor Nunn, is set to open March 25 at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.

James Dearden, who wrote the screenplay, as well as the short film on which the movie is based, is authoring the new play. No casting for the roles made famous by Glenn Close and Michael Douglas has been announced yet.

The planned theater production shouldn’t be confused with “Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy,” a stage spoof of the movie that opened in New York in 2005.

CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat


One question liable to be on theater-goers’ minds is which ending producers will use for the play. Director Adrian Lyne filmed a second ending to “Fatal Attraction” after the original one tested poorly. The second version, in which Close’s character is vanquished in a bathtub, was used for the movie’s theatrical release.

The movie’s original conclusion features the Close character committing suicide, bringing the story’s “Madama Butterfly” allusions full circle.


‘Butterfly’ subtext in ‘Fatal Attraction’ still can’t be ignored


‘Sleepless in Seattle’ musical looking to book flight to London

Kenneth Branagh’s lauded ‘Macbeth’ is coming to U.S. cinemas