Olivier-Nominated Shows Extend in the West End
Only a day after a host of shows announce their stays in the capital until at least 2012, two more shows have added dates to their respective runs at the Adelphi Theatre and Trafalgar Studios – Love Never Dies and End of the Rainbow. The former has extended its booking period to January 2012 whilst the latter, concerning the final days of Judy Garland, has added five weeks to its run, meaning that it will now bow out on Saturday 21st May 2011.
Love Never Dies had originally been booking in the West End until Saturday 28th May 2011 and has now added eight months to bring it to Saturday 14th January 2012. The news comes only a day after the production received a host of nominations for Laurence Olivier Awards in categories such as Best New Musical (alongside Fela! and Legally Blonde) and Best Actor & Best Actress in a Musical for Ramin Karimloo and Summer Strallen. In total the hit sequel to The Phantom of the Opera has been nominated for seven awards.
Set ten years after The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies follows Christine Daee as she is invited to perform in Coney Island, New York. Accepting the invitation, and taking her husband Raoul and her son Gustave with her, she travels from her home in France to this renowned location, unaware that a mysterious figure from her past is behind the invite.
Meanwhile, another Laurence Olivier Award-nominated production has announced an extension in the West End. End of the Rainbow had been booking to Saturday 5th March 2011 and has now added five weeks so that audiences can pick up theatre tickets until Saturday 21st May 2011. The show stars Tracie Bennett as the famous Judy Garland in the later years of her life as she stays in a London hotel during her run of Talk of the Town. Battling drugs and alcohol she keeps her wit and courage in the face of difficult times.
Bennett has been nominated for Best Actress for the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards, with further nods in the categories of Best New Play, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hilton McRae) and Best Sound Design.
The 35th Laurence Olivier Awards will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 13th March 2011.