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Changes to Charing Cross Theatre shows as Guys & Dolls Closing Early at Phoenix

Wednesday, 17th Aug 2016

Charing Cross Theatre

Three shows in the capital reveal changes to their booking periods this month, with both Ragtime extending and Death Takes A Holiday delayed at the Charing Cross Theatre, plus the early closure of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre.

Death Takes A Holiday was originally due to open at the Charing Cross Theatre in December but will now open at the venue in January instead. According to London theatre Guide, this is directly tied to Ragtime’s extension as that show will now continue at the venue during the newly formed gap in the schedule.

Death Takes A Holiday is a musical directed by Thom Southerland, the new Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre, and is based on the play from the 1920s (which was adapted into a film in the 1930s). It follows Death as a character in the period after the First World War, where he investigates why people are so afraid of him.

Penned by Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone and featuring music and lyrics from Maury Yeston, Death Takes A Holiday now runs at the Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 16th January 2017.

Ragtime, meanwhile, is a beloved Broadway musical that opens at the Charing Cross Theatre in October following the current production of Titanic. It follows the character of Mother, Tateh and Colhouse Walker in the early days of the 20th century as the ragtime scene emerges.

Thanks to its new booking extension it is now running at the Charing Cross Theatre from October and until Saturday 10th December 2016.

Finally, Guys And Dolls is the iconic musical currently running at the Phoenix Theatre and has been in the headlines a lot recently thanks to the casting of screen performer Rebel Wilson in the part of Miss Adelaide alongside Simon Lipkin’s Nathan Detroit. The positively-received show was originally due to continue to January 2017, but instead it closes when Wilson steps down from the role this month.

Telling the story of Nathan Detroit, his wager with Sky Masterson (Oliver Tompsett), and his relationship with Miss Adelaide in mid-20th century New York, Guys And Dolls is the classic musical from Joe Sweling and Abe Burrows (book) and  Frank Loesser (music and lyrics).

It remains at the Phoenix Theatre and closes there on Sunday 21st August 2016.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.