McQueen Postpones as American Idiot Extends
Delay for Upcoming Show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
There has been a lot of talk this year about the upcoming show headed to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which will see Stephen Wright take on the role of the late fashion icon Alexander McQueen. The play by James Phillips, simply titled McQueen, was set to begin previews on Thursday 13th August 2015 and it has now been announced that there has been a delay.
The show is now set to begin on Saturday 22nd August 2015 instead, giving those involved in the production longer to rehearse the more technical elements of the play. The show, whilst telling the story of a girl taken under McQueen’s wings, also portrays the kind of fashion shows that he was well known for.
McQueen is told through the eyes of said girl, who has spent some time spying on him from the trees. On one occasion she decides to break into his home and when he catches her she finds herself facing a hefty punishment for her crime. However, he takes her for a night on the town instead, providing her with an expensive dress as well. As the course of the story continues it is clear that the pair have a bond even outside of fashion.
The production is directed by John Caird and features Wright on the role of McQueen following his previous appearances in the likes of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre and Dealer’s Choice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Meanwhile, whilst one show delays its opening, another delays its closure. American Idiot, which opened at the Arts Theatre in July, has extended its booking period so that it is now booking to November 2015.
The musical takes its title from the Green Day album of the same name and features many of the band’s hit songs as part of its score, including Wake Me Up When September Ends and title track American Idiot. It tells the story of childhood friends and their differing paths through life.
The jukebox musical continues at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End and is now booking to Sunday 22nd November 2015.