West End's Avenue Q On the Move Again, This Time to Wyndham's Theatre

News   West End's Avenue Q On the Move Again, This Time to Wyndham's Theatre
 
The West End production of Avenue Q is to move to Wyndham's Theatre, its third London home, where it will begin performances March 19.

Currently running at the Gielgud Theatre through March 13, Avenue Q must vacate that theatre to make way for the London transfer of Hair, featuring the original Broadway cast, which begins performances April 1. Meanwhile, the current tenant at Wyndham's Theatre, Stephen Daldry's production of An Inspector Calls (which moved there from its initial Christmas run at the Novello), which was originally booking there through March 20, will close a week early on March 13, to facilitate the transfer of Avenue Q.

Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty's Tony-winning musical first opened at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in 2005, and was due to shutter there last March. But the producers were forced to revise that plan, when business improved after the closure was announced. In a press statement at the time, they revealed, "When it was announced last October [2008] that Avenue Q would finish its long run at the Noël Coward, it was not a decision taken lightly by its producers. In its third successful year and as it celebrated 1,000 performances in the West End, Avenue Q was still attracting packed houses. But the producers decided that it may be the right time to bring the show to a natural end — and go out on a high note. However, since the closure was announced, Avenue Q has proven to be the perfect musical for our troubled times by going from strength to strength during the credit crunch. The combination of accessible prices and a hilarious night out is proving to be the perfect recipe for audiences hungry for escapism from terrible financial headlines. Over the last four months, Avenue Q has seen its best box office sales yet and the highest weekly grosses since the production opened in June 2006."

The production duly made way for the London premiere of Calendar Girls at the Coward, and after a brief hiatus, resumed performances at the Gielgud Theatre last June.

For its transfer to Wyndham's, a host of new actors will be joining the cast, including Paul Spicer (whose credits include Notes from New York, Taboo, Fame and The Witches of Eastwick) taking over from Daniel Boys as Princeton/Rod, Jacqueline Tate (The Phantom of the Opera) taking over as Christmas Eve; and Delroy Atkinson (Jerry Springer the Opera, Jihad! The Musical) returning to play Gary.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5141, or visit www.avenueqthemusical.co.uk

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