Several West End productions have recently announced extensions to their current schedule. Wicked, Jersey Boys, The 39 Steps and The Mousetrap will all lengthen their runs.
It seems some productions in the West End are fighting the recession. Whatsonstage.com is reporting that four major shows are to extend their bookings.
Wicked, the retelling of the Witches of Oz, has added a further six months to its schedule at the Apollo Victoria, taking bookings through to 30 October 2010. The Broadway import has taken more than £80 million at the box office and in currently in its fourth year. Producers have indicated that they expect the show to be the highest grossing year to date.
Award-winning musical Jersey Boys about the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has added a further five months to its booking period at the Prince Edward Theatre, now taking bookings through to 24 October 2010. The musical won four gongs at the What's On Stage awards earlier this year and has performed to packed audiences nightly. It was also named Best Musical at the Oliviers this year.
Another award-winning production, The 39 Steps, a comedy with four actors playing 150 roles between them, telling the tale of London bachelor Richard Hannay fleeing to Scotland and breaking a spy ring to prove his innocence after a woman is found murdered in his home, has announced it will extend at the Criterion Theatre until 23 October 2010.
Last but certainly not least, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, is set to extend a further five months, running until 10 April 2010. The classic whodunit, which made the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest-running play, has become a favourite on the theatre scene.
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