Hello all you theatre luvvies and musical lovers – did you tune in to 95.8 Capital FM this morning to get the lowdown on London Theatre Week – as told by Matt Lucas?
He’s coming to town soon to star in Prick Up Your Ears, a new production based on the life of the 60s playwright Joe Orton. If he is anything as good as he was as Leigh Bowery in Taboo, I think I’ll be seeing the show more than once.
London Theatre Week, which officially begins on August 24 2009, is a celebration of the best in arts and culture across the metropolis. It gives theatre goers the chance to give something back, as the booking fee for every ticket sold is donated to 95.8 Capital FM Help a London Child charity fund.
West End audiences are defying the recession with recent figures showing nearly seven million people visited shows in the first half of 2009. lastminute.com has definitely seen an increase in sales of theatre tickets on the site, with the top five best selling shows being Wicked, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing and the great new show Sister Act.
Shows taking part in this year’s London Theatre Week include popular musicals; Wicked, Hairspray, Oliver! and Billy Elliott as well as new releases such as the stage adaptation of the Truman Capote novel Breakfast at Tiffanys starring Anna Friel as Holly Golighty, and the of course, the new play Prick Up Your Ears.