Dress Circle Shop Faces Battle for Survival???
Date: 12 May 2011
Dress Circle, the "longest-running showbusiness and musical theatre shop in the world" may be forced to shut its doors unless it receives external investment in the coming weeks. The shop, located on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, opened in 1977 and has been a haven for theatre fanatics ever since, selling a wide selection of cast recordings, sheet music, and memorabilia. Competition created by music download websites, increased rent and the recession have caused the shop to struggle to make ends meet. Speaking to The Stage the shop's owner Murray Allan said: "I'm probably a couple months [away from closure], if that... By the end of June I've got to either be rescued or become a website, an online store only." He also blamed production companies and manufacturers for the store's woes, going on to say that although there was demand many West End musicals were not producing cast recordings or range or the range of merchanise they had in the past.
Members of the theatre community reacted with concern to the news, banding together on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveDC and encouraging others to support Dress Circle.
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| - 1st Jan 1970 |
|A fabulous shop that needs to be saved. I would urge all theatre fans yo support the shop and the campaign. Online shops are no alternative for such a special well-loved and specialist shop! - Andy||24 May 11|
|I love browsing in Dress Circle and their sessions are excellent (even if it's always very hot) but sadly they can't compete with the prices available from Amazon, etc. - David Baxter||18 May 11|
|This is a real shame, this shop is every theatre-goers dream, packed full of little gems.
Sad day for the theatre buffs out there. - Paul||13 May 11|
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