How do you solve a problem like an injured Elphaba?

When a show is hit by bad news, how do you react? Crises sort the wheat from the chaff and the inexperienced or timid can be overwhelmed. But the truly successful not only cope with it, but make a virtue of it.

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The Old Vic transformed: CQS Space

The transformation of the Old Vic into a theatre in the round…

“You’ve heard of theatre in the round? You’re looking at the man who invented theatre in the square: nobody had a good seat!” sings Max Bialystock in The Producers.

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Slightly Cleaner Rotten Scoundrels? Advertising strategy shift?

 

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels appear to be re-positioning the show – emphasising elegance and dance and de-emphasising the comedy. Will this bring greater box office success? And what does this tell us about the state of the West End?

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Lloyd Webber brings Cats and Evita back to West End

When I Can’t Sing was put out of its misery at the London Palladium and We Will Rock You ended its 12-year residency at the Dominion, two of London’s five largest theatres went dark at the same time for the first time in decades. Continue reading

The most stunning theatre royal boxes in the world

The best seat in the house? Which are the best best seats in the best houses? Showbusinessinsights lifts the lid on the most desirable places to ‘see and be seen’ at the theatre: the Royal/Presidential/Imperial Box.

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Jesus Christ! Superstar arena tour cancelled at last minute

Extraordinary breaking news as the megabucks US arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar was cancelled amid confusion and shock.The production was due to open in New Orleans on 9 June and was scheduled to play arenas across the US over the next two months before ending in Philadelphia on 17 August. With a 50 date tour, more than half a million tickets were available, with a potential gross in the tens of millions of dollars. Continue reading

West End tickets – dirty little secrets and tips! Part 1: Savoy Theatre / Scoundrels

With an evening to spare in central London tonight, I took advantage of a great seat price for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the musical at the Savoy Theatre. What are the best bang-for-your-buck-seats at the Savoy?

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