The British theatre director Lou Stein recalls how his friendship with the famous hedonist beganby Lou Stein / January 28, 2014 / Leave a comment
Hunter S: “If I don’t like what you’ve done with the book, I’m going to tear your theatre apart”
It was 1982. The Gate Theatre, which I had founded in Notting Hill, was expanding to inhabit a second home in Battersea. To launch the new theatre, I needed a play with the punch of a highly sprung jack-in-the-box. The idea of adapting Hunter S Thompson’s outrageous journey into the heart of the American Dream, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, seemed ideal. But first there would be Hunter Thompson to deal with. I contacted the book’s British illustrator, Ralph Steadman, and he passed me Hunter’s Aspen phone number with an ominous warning to be prepared for all eventualities.