Wicked, War Horse and Curious Incident Extend as Ghost Stories Ends
Extensions and Closures Announced for High Profile west end shows
Three West End shows – Wicked, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - have added new dates to their current booking periods taking them into 2016 in two cases and further into 2015 in the other. Meanwhile, the popular horror show Ghost Stories, which has enjoyed a long stay at the Arts Theatre, is set to close in March.
Wicked is the longest running of all the shows mentioned here. It opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre back in 2006 (meaning it celebrates its 10th anniversary next September) and has become one of the most popular musicals in the capital. The prequel story to The Wizard Of Oz, it chronicles the rise of Glinda The Good Witch and Elphaba The Wicked Witch Of The West in a rivalry that threatens all of Oz.
Thanks to its new booking extension it gets closer to the mentioned 10th anniversary as it adds new dates to Saturday 30th April 2016.
War Horse has been playing in the capital for nearly as long, having opened at the National Theatre in 2007 before moving to the West End in 2009. The First World War-set play is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and follows the character of Albert, who is forced to part company with his horse Joey so that the latter can help in the war effort, leading to adventure and danger across Europe.
It continues at its West End home of the New London theatre and has added new dates so that it is now booking to Saturday 13th February 2016.
Meanwhile, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is a more recent addition to the West End, having opened at the National Theatre in 2012 before transferring to the Apollo Theatre prior to that venue’s infamous ceiling-collapse. It now runs at the Gielgud Theatre, where audiences relish in the story based on Mark Haddon’s novel in which a teenager with behavioural difficulties – Christopher – must find out the cause of his neighbour’s dog’s death.
It is now booking at the Gielgud Theatre until Saturday 24th October 2015.
Finally, Ghost Stories has extended many times since it opened last year, though the current period will be its last at the Arts Theatre as the show is now set to close in March. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s show featuring three spooky tales has also appeared at venues like the Duke of York’s theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith and is booking at the Arts Theatre until Sunday 15th March 2015.
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