London Bids Farewell to Flashdance, Deathtrap, Birdsong and Yes, Prime Minister Jan. 15

News   London Bids Farewell to Flashdance, Deathtrap, Birdsong and Yes, Prime Minister Jan. 15 Four major West End productions end their runs Jan. 15, including an early closure for the new stage musical version of Flashdance – the Musical at the Shaftesbury, which opened officially Oct. 14, 2010, (following previews that began Sept. 25) and was originally booking through Feb. 26. Also exiting are the plays Deathtrap, Birdsong and Yes, Prime Minister, from the Coward, Comedy and Gielgud Theatres, respectively.

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt Photo by Catherine Ashmore

Flashdance, based on the 1983 film of the same name, is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, and features a cast headed by Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Matt Willis. For tickets, contact the box office on 020 7379 5399 or visit www.flashdancethemusical.com for more details.

Deathtrap, a new production by Matthew Warchus of Ira Levin's 1978 Broadway thriller, opened officially at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre Sept. 7, 2010 (following previews that began Aug. 21). It stars Simon Russell Beale and Jonathan Groff in his London stage debut. For tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5140 or visit wwww.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.

Birdsong, a new play adapted from the Sebastian Faulks 1993 novel of the same name, opened officially at the Comedy Theatre Sept. 28, 2010 (following previews that began Sept. 18). Trevor Nunn's production stars Ben Barnes, best known for playing Prince Caspian in the “Chronicles of Narnia” film of the same name. For tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 2118 or visit www.birdsongtheplay.co.uk for more details.

Yes, Prime Minister, a play by Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay based on their hit 80s TV series of the same name, transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Gielgud Theatre, where it opened officially Sept. 27, 2010 (following previews that began Sept. 17). It features Henry Goodman as senior civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby (the role originally created on TV by the late Nigel Hawthorne) and David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker (originally the late Paul Eddington on TV). Following its closure at the Gielgud, it will embark on an extensive U.K. national tour, beginning performances at Brighton Theatre Royal Feb. 3. For tickets for the Gielgud, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130 or visit www.yesprimeminister.co.uk for more details of the touring dates.

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