Lou Stein is a theater director [1] who adopted the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the theater as well as the screen play [2].  Interestingly it seems the play was produced by Laila Nabulsi [1] who has produced the film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [3].


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It has been challenging to find information about this play, but lets start with some information floating around the web.

A poster for the Gate Theater.

Source: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O155122/gate-theatre-club-poster-poster-burns-s/



A brief description…


Adapted & Directed by Lou Stein
Based on the novel by Hunter S Thompson
Dr Hunter S Thompson’s twisted, madcap adventure to find the heart of the American Dream is staged in this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between his old friend and colleague Lou Stein and the legendary British illustrator Ralph Steadman.

Two assignments in Nevada turn super-ugly for a young journalist and his travelling companion, an attorney. Partly because they’re chock full of narcotics, but mostly because they’re on a savage journey to discover how the idea of America got broken, and why there’s no way back to freedom, real freedom.

Experience one of the wildest, most vibrant and utterly essential books of our time by immersing yourselves in the colour, sounds, and soul of the 70’s.

Source: http://www.ticmate.com/plays/fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas/




Even briefer….


Financial Times (London,England)

January 7, 1982, Thursday

‘Fear and Loathing’ in Battersea

SECTION: SECTION I; The Arts; Pg. 15

LENGTH: 68 words
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson, is the opening production
on January 28 of a new fringe venue, the Gate at the Latchmere, in Battersea
Park Road, London. The first floor of the Latchmere pub has been renovated by
Albion Records to make a 100-seat theatre and restuarant. Thompson’s novel,
published in 1971, has been adapted by Lou Stein, the theatre’s artistic

Source: http://archive.org/stream/ABCNews19781979/FT-82-01-01-to-82-01-15-d.txt


An expansion of Notting Hill’s Gate Theatre, the purpose built space above The Latchmere public house on Battersea
Park Road at the south side of Battersea Bridge quickly established itself on London’s fringe theatre scene – its
fi rst production, of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas transferred to the West End. Known as the Latchmere Theatre,
and then the Grace Theatre until 2002, Theatre503’s rebrand marked the launch of its new writing focus.


Source: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/store/assets/0000/2254/2011_06_Introduction_to_Ecovenue_at_The_Theatres_Trust.pdf


More lasting has been Theatre503, a studio theatre seating 65 at the Latchmere public house at 503 Battersea Park Road, the integration of theatre with a food and drink venue being key to its character. It was created in 1981–2 by John Burrell, architect, for Lou Stein, artistic director of another pub theatre, the Gate, Notting Hill, extending the first floor of the Latchmere Hotel.131 Its programme consisted of adaptations (the first, of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, transferred to the West End), new plays and revivals, with latenight comedy and film shows, and exhibition space in the foyer.

Source: https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/research/survey-of-london/battersea/documents/49.6._Entertainment_chapter.pdf



Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will begin performances Jan. 28, 2014, prior to an official opening Jan. 30, for a run through March 8. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s story is re-envisioned by Lou Stein, an old friend of Thompson’s, who directs and adapts it. According to press materials, “This production explores Thompson’s newly pertinent warnings about the loss of national identity and resonates with the instability that threatens journalism today.” The cast will inluce Nina Smith and Libby Northedge.

In a press statement, Stein commented, “Discover one of the wildest, most vibrant and utterly essential books of our time in a theatrical context. By immersing the audience in the color, sounds and soul of the 70s in a contemporary venue, the play will become an event experience. The production marks a continuation of my long friendship with the artist Ralph Steadman, whose visual art is part of its DNA, but it is also a celebration of Hunter S Thompson – he was an ally, friend, and has been a gonzo beacon for me throughout my theatre career.”

Source: http://www.thebroadwaymusicals.com/newsfeed/view/1242/leake_street_tunnels_in_london_will_present_fear_and_loathing_in_las_vegas_and_the_cement_garden.htm



Dr Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is re-envisioned by an old friend of Thompson’s, Director-Adaptor Lou Stein. The current relevance of this cult classic is brought out by a focus on the surreal wit, humour and polemical heart of the original text. This production will draw out Thompson’s newly pertinent warnings about the loss of national identity and resonate with the instability that threatens journalism today. Poster artwork for the show, designed by Ralph Steadman, legendary illustrator and Thompson’s collaborator, is released today.

Source: http://www.pythagorasensemble.com/blog/2013/12/5/heritage-arts-present-vault-2014


More recently, the play was performed in 2014 at the Waterloo Festival in London

It’s headlined with dramatic productions of Ian McEwan’s Cement Garden, and Lou Stein’s adaptation of Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Source: http://london.city-portal.biz/2014/01/vault-festival-2014-takes-over-the-waterloo-vaults/


Links to reviews 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Waterloo Tunnels, review


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Theatrical Acid Trip


The Fringe


The Guardian


The Telegraph


Edinburgh Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pleasance Courtyard


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at The Vaults




British Theatre Guide: The leading independent web site on British theatre


Chicago Tribune



Sources cited

[1] http://www.loustein.co.uk/biography/index.htm

[2] http://www.loustein.co.uk/

[3] http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0618622/