A West End run for the SRO regional theater hit “Calendar Girls,” a revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” and several high-profile exits headline a slew of upcoming changes to London theater.
“Avenue Q” will end a nearly three-year run at the Noel Coward Theater on March 28, making way for the transfer of Chichester Festival Theater’s “Calendar Girls.” The latter will play a limited 12-week season beginning April 4 before further touring dates.
The screen-to-stage hit, written by Tim Firth and directed by Hamish McColl, follows a successful tour produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers (“Art,” “The Play What I Wrote”) that has already taken in £2.9 million ($5 million) despite a top ticket price averaging only $46. News of the West End run encouraged first-day sales of more than $53,000.
“A View From the Bridge,” starring Ken Stott, helmed by Lindsay Posner and designed by Christopher Oram, previews at the Duke of York’s beginning Jan. 24 ahead of a Feb. 5 opening. It will follow the limited engagement of the Gate Theater Dublin/Sonia Friedman production of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.”
Elsewhere, the London transfer of “Riflemind,” Andrew Upton’s play that premiered in Sydney in 2007, is shuttering early after one month. Produced in London by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theater Group, Tulchin/Bartner Prods., Sweet Pea Prods. and Sydney Theater Company, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s production was scheduled to run through Jan. 3 but opened to hostile notices and has done desultory business.
Conversely, the highly praised “Eurobeat,” a spoof of the Eurovision Song Contest, has also struggled to find an audience. It will close Nov. 1 at the Novello Theater, two weeks early. The venue reopens Dec. 3 with the already SRO six-week engagement of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Hamlet,” starring David Tennant.