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'Twilight Zone' being adapted for the stage

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"The Twilight Zone" is about to enter a new dimension, a dimension of sight and sound that could lead to a signpost up ahead: "Next stop, Broadway."

A new play based on Rod Serling's classic TV series will premiere in London in December. The limited engagement launches December 5 with previews and will end its run on January 27, 2018.

American playwright Anne Washburn and British director Richard Jones "have devised a show that honors the writing of Serling and his closest collaborators," says producer Ron Fogelman. "They have created a new journey into the heartland of the imagination—the stage."

No word yet on cast members, but the play is being staged in cooperation with the consumer products division of CBS, which aired "The Twilight Zone" from 1959 to 1964. Two revivals later aired on CBS in the 1980s and UPN in 2002; the original series continues to surface in syndication.

London is often a first stop for plays eager to migrate to Broadway. Whether "The Twilight Zone" crosses over depends entirely on the reaction of audiences and theater critics.

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