Extensions: 50 Ways to Leave, Stomp & EncounterDate: 22 July 2008
Heartbreak apparently sells at the box office, as west London’s Bush Theatre has discovered this week. The Fringe powerhouse has reported unprecedented demand for its latest show, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, a collection of short new “break-up” plays written by various dramatists and inspired by theatregoer contributions (See News, 2 Jul 2008). So much so that is has tripled the number of London dates for the new production.
Originally scheduled to run at the Bush for six nights only this week (from last night, 21 July), having already toured to Oxford, Norwich and the Latitude Festival in Southwold, Suffolk, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover will now run for an additional two weeks to 9 August 2008.
Over the past year, the Bush invited audiences to send in, anonymously, their best break-up experiences, which have been used by five playwrights - Lucy Chillery, Ben Ellis, Stacey Gregg, Lucy Kirkwood and Ben Schiffer – to create 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, a comic cocktail of characters and stories.
Ralf Little – best known for TV’s The Royle Family and Two Packets of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and last seen on stage in Stacy, for which he was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Solo Performance - leads a cast that also comprises Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Claire Keelan and Michelle Terry. The production is directed by Anthea Williams, designed by Mika Handley, with lighting by Tom White and music composed by Arthur Darvill.
In the West End, two other productions have also recently announced extensions to their booking periods:
- by Terri Paddock