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Three New Booking Extensions in the West End

Monday, 26th Sep 2011

Another week and another set of booking extensions emerge in the West End with three of the most popular shows running in the capital seting dates well into 2012: “The 39 Steps”, “The Wizard Of Oz” and “The Lion King”. All three are blockbuster musicals, with “The 39 Steps” and “The Lion King” both enjoying long runs at their respective home prior to the recent announcement and “The Wizard of Oz” enjoying success on the back of the BBC talent search “Over The Rainbow”.

“The 39 Steps” has two sources as its inspiration - the novel “The Thirty-Nine Steps” by John Buchan and the movie “The 39 Steps” by Alfred Hitchcock that emerged in 1935 – and seeks to merge both of these source-texts into this stage adaptation. The plot focuses on the character of Richard Hannay, who is on the run following the death of a spy in his London apartment. He must seek out the mysterious ‘39 steps’ if he wishes to clear his name and solve the case. It features many set-pieces set on the Flying Scotsman, the Forth Rail Bridge and a finale at the London Palladium.

Having opened in September 2006, following runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Tricycle Theare, it is now booking at the Criterion Theatre until Saturday 20th October 2012.

The location of the finale of “The 39 Steps” – the London Palladium – is the home of “The Wizard of Oz”, which opened at the West End venue in March 2011 following the TV talent search for its star Dorothy. It is the classic story of Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported to the Land of Oz by a ferocious tornado. Teaming up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Lion, she heads to the Emerald City where the Wizard of Oz can help her get home to Kansas. Danielle Hope plays Dorothy, with Sophie Evans taking on the role on Tuesdays.

It is now booking until Sunday 28th October 2012.

Finally, “The Lion King” has been running in the West End since 1999 and continues to attract big crowds. Based on the animated 1994 Disney movie of the same name it follows Simba the Lion Cub from birth to adulthood as he takes his rightful place on the throne of the Prideland.

It is now booking at the Lyceum Theatre until Sunday 9th September 2012.

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