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Transfer News: Juliet Stevenson, Avenue Q, Prunella Scales and War Horse

It’s all change in the West End as a number of shows close to make way for transfers from other theatres. In an increasingly risk-averse climate for producers, a hit in a small venue or success in a limited run could mean money if it transfers into the West End.  The subsidised National Theatre and Almeida are bringing in War Horse and Duet for One respectively, Cameron Mackintosh decides to keep Avenue Q running and Carrie’s War and Saturday Night transfer from smaller venues. Duet For One The Almeida’s recently acclaimed production Duet for One will transfer to the West …

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Chic La Clique

BOOK DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SEE LA CLIQUE La Clique, the hard-to-define show that blurs the lines between burlesque, circus and cabaret, has extended its run at the Hippodrome until 14 June. Nominated in this year’s Olivier awards, a brand new line up includes hula-hoop artist Marawa, comedienne Amy G and trapeze artist Erna Sommer. They join an eclectic and wildly talented mix of performers who include aerial hoop artist Bret Pfister, the Skating Willers and performance artist Ursula Martinez. Cabaret has never been so stylish and sexy. In other extensions news, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy (see Review) starring Alison Steadman is …

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London Theatre – 2009 Preview

  If theatre mirrors life then you would expect 2009 to be a bad year for the performing arts in London: economic downturns and credit crunches sound like gloomy news for our discretionary entertainment spending. But West End theatre box office figures have kept on going up in recent years, and the huge number of new productions sailing into town during 2009 could mean that Theatreland manages to buck the trend. THE GREAT REVIVAL The RSC, National Theatre, Donmar and Old Vic dominated straight drama in the West End in 2008, and they haven’t finished yet. Big hitters coming to …

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