Taboo & Umoja Copy Rock You & Cancel MatineesDate: 19 June 2002
West End musicals Taboo and Umoja, which reopened last night, have followed the lead set last month by Queen's We Will Rock You in reducing their schedules to just seven performances a week rather than the usual eight. Both have cancelled their midweek matinees - Taboo on Wednesdays at 2.30pm and Umoja's on Fridays 5.30pm - with immediate effect.
Umoja's original West End run closed prematurely in February 2002 following noise complaints and council intervention at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it opened on 15 November 2001. The critically acclaimed South African song and dance show, created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, reopened last night (previews from 5 June) at the Queen's for a limited three-month season up to 31 August.
Boy George's homage to London's 1980s club scene, Taboo, opened at the specially created Venue in Leicester Square on 29 January 2002 (previews from 11 January). In May, the former Culture Club lead singer made his stage acting debut, playing the role of the late Australian performance artist Leigh Bowery, in the show. He is due to return in August for five weeks until camp comedian Julian Clary joins the cast. Bowery is currently played by Defending the Caveman's Mark Little.
- by Terri Paddock