Chariots of Fire composer and performers hail Olympic torch in West End

Composer Vangelis, who created the original Chariots of Fire score, and performers from the West End show by the same name greeted the Olympic torch as it passed London’s Gielgud Theatre yesterday.

Vangelis said he was pleased that people still enjoy the original music but that the symbolism of the flame is most important.

“Forget the music, the flame as a light and symbol of excellence, wisdom and values is important, which we need today more than ever,” he said.

Crowds of people gathered to see the flame as it passed along Shaftesbury Avenue while the Chariots of Fire music played out.

Actors Jack Lowden and James McArdle, who play runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams in the Chariots of Fire production, joined Vangelis on a podium outside the theatre to cheer on the procession.

McArdle said: “It’s an honour to be here with Vangelis. What the flame means for humanity and for people to endure more and do more than what they thought they could do is exactly what the play is about.”

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