The Runar Borge production, inspired by Alan Parker's 1980 Oscar-winning film and the American TV series of the same name, 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.
Fame'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. With its on and off appearances, it will soon have racked up three-and-a-half years in the West End.
In between, and also during, London engagements, Fame has been touring the country virtually non-stop. Currently, a second company is embarked on a major UK-wide tour booking well into autumn 2002.
Set over four years, Fame takes audiences through the daily highs and lows, the romances and sheer hard work faced by the star-struck pupils of New York's legendary High School for the Performing Arts. Conceived by David De Silva, Fame has music by Steve Margoshes, lyrics by Jacques Levy and a book by Jose Fernandez. Both the West End and touring productions are directed by Karen Bruce and feature casts of over 30 young performers.
Currently resident at the Aldwych Theatre, the revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, starring June Whitfield and Richard Briers, is booking up to 29 June 2002.
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