Fame Closes 22 Apr, Makes Way for More DancingDate: 24 February 2006
Fame, the long-running Runar Borge stage production based on Alan Parker's 1980 Oscar-winning film and the American TV series of the same name, will give its last performance at the West End's Aldwych Theatre on 22 April 2006.
Fame first opened in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre in 1995, when it was nominated for two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Choreography. It returned in 1998 for a run at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
The musical's current West End run began in October 2000 at the Victoria Palace (its second outing at that venue, where it also played in 1997) before transferring back to the Cambridge in September 2001 and then to the Aldwych in 2002. With its on and off appearances in the West End and ongoing tours, Fame has now been seen by more than 3.5 million people in the UK.
Meanwhile, Dirty Dancing is looking for a whirl at the Aldwych, with performances starting at the end of September (See Today's Other News). Plans for the production will be officially announced at an industry event on Monday night (27 February 2006).
- by Caroline Ansdell