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The recent London riots have decimated audience levels at the Greenwich Playhouse. At last night’s press launch for the UK Premiere of the American musical ‘SLAY IT WITH MUSIC’, the venue experienced the smallest audience for a Press Night in its near 20 year history.
A Stage Kindly artistic directors have said:
“A STAGE KINDLY New Musical Theatre Initiative is one of the few companies in Britain specialising in producing new musicals. This is our Company’s first extended run and we have invested everything into producing this show. The reduced audience levels are devastating to us, to the large cast and technical team who have dedicated so much time and talent to bringing to life this fantastic new American musical. We remain deeply concerned about the evident impact that these riots have had in destroying audience’s confidence to venture out to the theatre and to an area which has been surrounded by civil unrest. If audience levels do not improve, this could result in the end of our company and the ambitious work which it does in supporting new musical theatre writing from all over the world.”
Award winning West End star Daniel Boys will join the previously announced West End and Broadway singing sensation Kerry Ellis in the 40th anniversary concert version of Stephen Schwartz’s smash-hit musical ‘Godspell’. The event will take place at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Friday 21st October 2011 at 8pm.
One of the most successful comedies in recent years, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s YES, PRIME MINISTER has played to sell out audiences at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre last year followed by a UK wide tour this Spring and is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. At the end of the current run on September 17th, the production will pack up at the Apollo and move next door back into The Gielgud Theatre for a final 8 weeks.