Avenue Q, now in it’s fourth year in the West End after transferring from the Noel Coward Theatre, has extended its run at its present home, the Gielgud Theatre, until January 2010.

Cameron Mackintosh was originally due to close the show but a sudden surge of bookings led him to transfer the musical instead to make way for Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward.

Described as “Pant Wettingly Funny” Avenue Q ingeniously combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding your purpose in life. The show has enjoyed enormous success, both in London and on Broadway, where the show closes this week but follows the West End trend by transferring to an off-Broadway theatre.

Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and directed by Jason Moore.

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Hold Final Curtain: ‘Avenue Q’ Moves to off-B’way (abcnews.go.com)

Avenue Q at the Gielgud Theatre review (telegraph.co.uk)