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Matilda and Bank Robbery Extend as The Maids and End Of Longing Close

Friday, 6th May 2016

It’s that time again in which we tell you which of the capital’s shows are adding new dates, with both Matilda The Musical and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extending into 2017. At the same time, both The Maids at the Trafalgar Studios and The End Of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre celebrate successful runs as performances near their end.

Matilda is arguably one of the capital’s biggest success stories of recent years, amassing critical acclaim and audience appreciation since it opened at the Cambridge Theatre in 2011 (following an equally successful run at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon). The Royal Shakespeare Company production features music from comedian Tim Minchin and tells a story plucked from the pages of Roald Dahl’s novel.

It adds new dates at its home in the West End and is now booking for performances up to Sunday 28th May 2017.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a more recent addition to the capital though success was expected as it is presented by the Mischief Theatre, the group who have entertained the crowds with The Play That Goes Wrong (and Peter Pan Goes Wrong). Having opened last month the show has now extended at the Criterion Theatre so that it is now booking for performances to Sunday 23rd April 2017.

But then there are the two shows coming to an end. The Maids and The End Of Longing have both found their fans, with the former playing at the Trafalgar Studios under the direction of Jamie Lloyd and the latter starring its playwright Matthew Perry. The Maids now makes its last push for punters as it comes to an end at the Whitehall venue on Saturday 21st May 2016.

This is also true for The End Of Longing and Perry also had this to say: “It has been amazing bringing my debut play, to the West End. I have loved spending the last four months in London, and receiving such a warm response from audiences to The End of Longing. All of the cast, and I, have enjoyed the laughter and tears from the audience and can’t believe we only have ten days left before its all over!

“London you’ve been a blast, you’ve not seen the last of me – I will really miss being here and performing for all of you guys!"

It closes its doors at the Playhouse Theatre on Saturday 14th May 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.

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