Three Extensions for the National and the West End
Once again some popular productions announce that they will be staying in the capital for longer than planned as they announce booking extensions and give further audiences a chance to pick up Theatre Tickets whilst they have the chance.
First of all, over at The National Theatre, it has been revealed that two prominent productions at the Olivier Theatre will extend – “Cherry Orchard” and “Emperor and Galilean” – taking them both to mid August. Secondly, the new musical “Betty Blue Eyes” has announced it will extend to January 2012.
“The Cherry Orchard” is Anton Chekov’s classic play concerning a Russian aristocrat called Madame Ranevskaya who returns to her family estate in the country where her beloved location the cherry orchard is found. But after some terrible financial dealings the family is on hard times and the solution may lie in the sale of the beloved orchard before it is too late.
It is now running to Saturday 13th August 2011, having recently opened on Thursday 12th May 2011.
“Emperor and Galilean” is Henrik Ibsen’s classic story of a Roman Emperor – Julian - who wishes to abolish Christianity. But this controversial cause backfires and stirs Christian determination, having the effect of advancing their cause instead of hindering it. It features the “Star Wars” actor Ian McDiarmid in a lead role.
It will begin its run at the Olivier National Theatre on Thursday 9th June 2011 and is now booking to Wednesday 10th August 2011.
Finally, “Betty Blue Eyes” is the new musical based on Alan Bennett’s 1980s movie which features Sarah Lancashire, Reece Shearsmith, David Bamber, Jack Edwards, Ann Emery, Mark Meadows and Adrian Scarborough.
The show has been a high profile one thanks to its timing in the capital, opening shortly before Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. It tells of a Royal Wedding in a different generation – the one between then-Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten in 1947 – and a particular celebration that requires a prize hog.
London theatre audiences will likely see many extensions for the show down the line but for now it is booking at the Novello Theatre until Saturday 28th January 2012.