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Avenue Q announces closure

The cult comedy musical Avenue Q has sadly posted its closing notice after three years at St Martins Lane’s Noel Coward Theatre, with its last performance to be Saturday 28 March 2009. While thousands of fans of this cult hit devastated to see it go, its replacement at the Noel Coward will be the West End transfer of yet another Chichester Festival Theatre hit, the hotly anticipated new stage adaptation of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls.

With its impressive cast including Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, veteran stage actress Sian Phillips, Scottish comedienne Elaine C Smith and Rona from 2 Point 4 Children, Julia Hills, Calendar Girls has sold out every stop so far on its current UK tour, and hopes to be the next in a long line of Chichester successes in London.

Prior to this, Chichester’s risky two-part production of Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby had been one of the UK’s biggest theatre hits of 2006. Nicholas Nickleby was preceded at the Gielgud by another of Chichester’s 2007 productions, Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart. Macbeth was one of the most sought after events of 2007, with London tickets reaching over £300 on the black market.

Published: 31/10/2008 11:02:50