Having ironed out one or two teething problems that saw the cancellation of performances planned for Jan. 11 and 12, previews of Taboo will begin Jan. 14 at The Venue, the new theatre space created by Adam Kenwright, as earlier reported by Theatrenow.
The musical is attracting considerable press interest and the first night is likely to be one of the starriest - certainly in terms of the pop world - since the Pet Shop Boys' musical Closer to Heaven opened at the nearby Arts Theatre last year.
Adam Kenwright's conversion of a church basement off Leicester Square into a 300 seater theatrical space (called The Venue) has, with the granting of its licence this week, created the first new West End theatre since the Arts - also near Leicester Square - some seventy years ago.
Any new theatre space in central London is to be welcomed, and there seems to be something particularly suitable about basements near churches - two leading fringe venues created in the 1990s, Jermyn Street Theatre and the Bridewell, are both in basements next to or near famous Wren churches.
Kenwright has created the space for the Boy George musical Taboo, set in the heady days of 1980s clubland, in which Matt Lucas is to play Leigh Bowery and Ewan Morton will play Boy George. The musical will open on the Jan. 29, 2002, and is already arousing considerable press interest.
—by Paul Webb Theatrenow