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Grinning Man Extends as Glengarry Glen Ross Ends

Thursday, 18th Jan 2018

It’s been a while since we reported on the booking periods of west end shows, with the last major extensions announced in 2017, but we’ve now heard that The Grinning Man is set to add new dates at the Trafalgar Studios. Meanwhile, producers are pushing Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre as it nears the end of its run in February.

The Grinning Man previously appeared in Bristol and transferred to the West End in December, providing the capital with another production derived from the works of Les Misérables writer Victor Hugo. The original novel was entitled The Man Who Laughs and was released in 1869, with Carl Grose adapting the show into the current musical.

The Grinning Man follows events that transpire with the arrival of Grinpayne (played by Louis Maskell), a disfigured man who hides a scarred mouth behind bandages, at the Stokes Croft Fair. Paraded as a freak, we witness how he takes the community by storm and eventually teams up with various colourful characters.

Having opened at the Trafalgar Studios 1 in December, The Grinning Man has now extended so that it is booking there for performances up to Saturday 14th April 2018.

Meanwhile, Glengarry Glen Ross hasn’t changed its booking plans, but it is coming to the end of its run at the Playhouse Theatre and as a result the production is pushing for theatregoers to see the show while they still have the chance.

The revival of David Mamet’s classic play stars Christian Slater as Ricky Roma alongside Kris Marshall as John Williamson, Robert Glenister as Dave Moss, plus Daniel Ryan, Oliver Ryan, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington.

Originally penned in the early 1980s (and later adapted into a film starring Ed Harris and Al Pacino, amongst others), Glengarry Glen Ross takes us to the sales team of an estates agent in Chicago where we witness their attempts to sell land at any cost to their own morality.

Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Sam Yates, continues at the Playhouse Theatre and audiences now have less-than a month to see it as it closes on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

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.