Updates on Ghost Stories and Wizard of Oz in the West End
Two of the West End’s best known shows have provided updates on their respective runs in the capital as “Ghost Stories” announces its June closure and “The Wizard of Oz” announces its extension to January 2012.
“Ghost Stories” is the well known show from Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson that does exactly what it says on the tin. It originally appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse early in 2010 before a successful transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith later in the year and a subsequent transfer to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in June 2010. Along the way support for the production has been high as positive word-of-mouth and successful performances propelled it along. But Sunday 19th June 2011 will be its final performance, according to an announcement today (Thursday 5th May 2011), and this means that it will not be completing its planned booking period to October.
“Ghost Stories” has been praised for being genuinely creepy and such is the spooky experience on offer the show has carried warnings. The show itself features three chilling tales and has features Nyman onstage, as well as Reece Shearsmith (now in “Betty Blue Eyes”) for a period towards last year.
Meanwhile, “The Wizard of Oz” will be continuing to January according to recent reports of an extension. This is an unsurprising announcement for a production that had plenty of publicity to live up to ahead of its opening in March; it was the latest in a long line of Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced shows that launched a BBC talent show to find its star. Thanks to the show “Over The Rainbow” it features Danielle Hope in the lead role of Dorothy (with runner-up Sophie Evans on Tuesdays and holidays).
The famous story is a familiar one to London theatre audiences and focuses on Dorothy as she is transported, along with her house and her dog Toto, to the land of Oz on the back of a ferocious Tornado. Striving to return to her home in Kansas she sets off down the Yellowbrick Road to gain the help of the Wizard of Oz, befriending a Tin Man, a Scarecrow and a Lion along the way.
The Wizard of Oz remains at the London Palladium and is currently booking to Sunday 15th January 2012.