125th Street & Woman in Black Extend BookingsDate: 12 November 2002
125h Street - from award-winning Buddy duo Rob Bettinson and Alan Janes - has added four months to its run at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it opened on 17 September 2002 (previews from 30 August) and is now taking bookings up to 26 April 2003.
The musical takes place during one hot and eventful summer's night in 1969 at the Apollo Theatre on 125th Street in Harlem, New York City. In the 1950s and 60s, the Apollo was a magnet for some of the biggest names in music as well as eager young hopefuls keen to display their talents in the weekly 'search for a star' spot. In a clever marketing ploy, that 'search for a star' spot is recreated on stage, with amateurs - selected from nationwide auditions - appearing in 125h Street for one week each.
At the Fortune Theatre, Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost story, The Woman in Black, is now in its 14th West End year and has added a further six months to its booking period. Originally produced at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre in December 1987, The Woman in Black has been seen by over two million theatregoers since opening in London in June 1989. The two-hander, currently starring Robert Demeger and Timothy Watson, is now bookings up to 30 August 2003.
- by Terri Paddock