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What to Expect in 2012 in the West End

Sunday, 1st Jan 2012

Plenty of Big Plays and musicals on the Horizon

With 2011 over it is time to look forward into 2012 and the multitude of shows that are set to take audiences by storm in the next 12 months. With anticipated musicals and numerous plays due to open in the capital there is plenty to look forward to and among them there is likely to be numerous shows to have a long claim to the capital in the decade ahead, just like 2011 musicals like “Shrek The Musical” and “Ghost The Musical”.

One show to look out for is “Viva Forever”, the Spice Girls musical that has been on the cards for many years. Though dates are yet to be confirmed, 2012 has been the year that many have expected to see it open and this could still be the case. The musical is set to feature themes of friendship and love during a talent contest and will be amplified with the songs of the Spice Girls. Jennifer Saunders is writing the book and producing is Judy Cramer who is famous for bringing “Mamma Mia!” to the stage in the West End.

Another production that is on the horizon is “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, a musical based on the book and film of the same name. It is another show with no confirmed date but workshops have been taking place in London with Sheridan Smith, Bertie Carvel, Julian Ovenden, Marilyn Cutt, Billy Boyle and Alice Fearn in the lead roles. Considering the success of the movie version (a third film of which could also be landing in cinemas in the next few years) starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant this should be a show to keep a close eye on.

However it is not all good news in the capital in 2012. There are fears that the Olympic Games are going to be attracting different visitors – those that are in town for sports rather than theatre - to London and as a result the West End could see a reduction in visitor numbers. Andrew Lloyd Webber, speaking to the BBC said that the games will create “a bloodbath of a summer” for the capital’s theatre district.

Comments
I think you could fill the theatres if you gave special offers during the Olympics and Paralympics. This may also encourage new audiences to experience the theatre for the first time who would pay full prices next time

Wendy Peers at Saturday, 21st Jan 2012 16:49 PM

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