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Extensions for Bat Out Of Hell and 42nd Street in the West End

Friday, 14th Jul 2017

Bat Out of Hell The Musical - London Coliseum

Recently two popular musicals playing in London’s West End have added new dates, with one granted a relatively modest extension of two weeks – Bat Out of Hell The Musical – and the other adding a new period that takes it to February 2018 – 42nd Street.

Both shows have plenty of fans in the capital but will have diverging journeys going forward, with Bat Out Of Hell closing its doors at the end of this latest extension. There is no word on the length of 42nd Street’s stay in the capital, though previous productions at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane have enjoyed healthy lives in Theatreland.

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical plays at the London Coliseum and has proven to be a popular show, with Meatloaf fans flocking to the usual home of the English National Opera.

Jim Steinman’s musical is a stage version of the Meatloaf album Bat Out Of Hell (and its sequel Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell), so expect a lot of post-apocalyptic imagery, songs like I Would Do Anything For Love and an epic romance during its runtime.

The production is now booking at the London Coliseum for performances up to Tuesday 22nd August 2017, following a two-week extension from its original end date.

Meanwhile, 42nd Street is a musical that dates back to the early 1980s and was penned by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, whose book is accompanied by Harry Warren’s music and Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer’s lyrics.

It started life as a 1933 film and tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, who has swapped her country life for the big streets of New York, soon becoming a Broadway chorus line girl. Then she gets the opportunity of a lifetime.

Sawyer is played by Clare Halse in the production and she is joined by cast members like Sheena Easton and Tom Lister, amongst others.

The production runs at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and thanks to its new extension is now booking there for performances up to Saturday 10th February 2018, an extension of four months.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.