Stomp & Birthday Woman in Black Extend BookingsDate: 10 June 2003
Two West End productions - British dance phenomenon and long-running thriller The Woman in Black - have announced new booking periods, taking them both into 2004.
Stomp, which originated in Brighton in 1991, has toured all over the world but only started its first West End run last autumn, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 28 September 2002 (previews from 24 September). It has now added another four months to its run and is taking bookings up to 1 February 2004. From 30 September 2003, the production's weekly schedule will alter, with a Sunday matinee at 3.00pm replacing Monday evening performances.
Stomp transforms the junk and clutter of urban life into a source of rhythm and dance. In 100 minutes of pure theatricality, a cast of eight performers use boots, bins, garbage, zippo lighters, plumbers' plungers and everything including the kitchen sink to hammer out a symphony.
Meanwhile, at the Fortune Theatre, Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost story The Woman in Black, which has just officially marked its 15th birthday, had added a further five 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 1989.
Directed ever since its opening by Robin Herford, the two-hander is now on its 25th cast - Pip Donaghey and Colin Hurley - and is taking bookings up to 31 January 2004.
- by Terri Paddock