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Extensions for War Horse, Billy Elliot and The 39 Steps

Tuesday, 7th Jun 2011

More Shows Join Ghost Stories and Blood Brothers in Extending Their Booking Periods in the West End

Less than a week ago it was announced that “Ghost Stories” and “Blood Brothers” would be extending their booking periods in the West End - the former extending to July 2011 and the latter to November 2012 – and now three more shows have announced their own increases. “War Horse” at the New London theatre, “Billy Elliot the Musical” at The Victoria Palace Theatre and “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre will be taking bookings to October 2012, December 2012 and February 2012 respectively.

“War Horse” is the famous story, set during the First World War, which focuses on Joey the Horse as he is sold to the Cavalry to help in the conflict. Albert, his owner, misses him dearly and embarks on an important journey to bring him home.

The show originally appeared at The National Theatre and later transferred to the West End, where it remains, with a movie version set to hit cinema screens from director Steven Spielberg in December. It is based on the 1980s novel by Michael Morpurgo and is a highly acclaimed production. The drama is now booking until Saturday 20th October 2012.

“Billy Elliot the Musical”, on the other hand, already has a movie version that audiences know and love. It focuses on the title character as he takes on an unexpected hobby – ballet – during the miners’ upheaval in the 1980s, with his father and brothers involved in the strike action.

London theatre audiences have been able to see the show since it opened at the Vitoria Palace in 2005 and just like the original movie it has become critically acclaimed and highly regarded by the public. It is now booking until Saturday 15th December 2012.

Finally, “The 39 Steps” is also based on a novel and a film. In this case the novel was by John Buchan and the movie from Alfred Hitchcock. It focuses on a case of mistaken identity as Richard Hannay is wrongly chased for the murder of a spy, whilst trying to discover the secrets of the mysterious ‘thirty nine steps’.

It opened at the Criterion Theatre in 2006, following appearances at the West Yorkshire.

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