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West End Shows, Including Mystery of Charles Dickens, Extend

Sunday, 26th Aug 2012

Simon Callow’s Return to the West End Adds New Dates as Shrek The Musical Extends Too

It was only this month that it was announced that Simon Callow would be returning to the West End in a new production of “The Mystery of Charles Dickens” at the Playhouse Theatre. Now it lands in the spotlight again as it adds a week’s worth of new dates to its run, taking it further into November 2012, and shows that audiences have a big appetite for this bicentennial celebration.

Meanwhile, “Shrek the Musical” has also added new dates to its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, meaning that it is now booking to June 2013. The production originally opened at the venue last year.

“The Mystery of Charles Dickens” is set to be staged to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth and was originally penned a decade ago for its original appearance in the West End. In it Simon Callow portrays many well known characters from Dickens’ literary masterpieces and as a result we get a portrait of a man who shaped modern culture. From Oliver Twist to the characters of “A Tale of Two Cities”, there will be a lot for London theatre audiences to sink their teeth into.

The production opens on Monday 17th September 2012 (with previews from Thursday 13th September 2012) and will now close on Saturday 10th November 2012 (as opposed to the original end-date on the 3rd).

“Shrek the Musical” is an altogether different show, focusing on the green ogre made famous by the series of movies bearing his name. It is a blockbuster musical and one of the biggest in the West End, so its announcement of a booking extension will come as no surprise to those that are hoping to pick up theatre tickets.

In it Shrek – alongside new pal Donkey - is setting out to save his home in a world filled with fairy-tale characters and along the way he accidentally rescues a beautiful princess.

“Shrek the Musical” is now booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until Sunday 30th June 2013 (meaning it will go past its 2 year birthday in the process).

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