Two West End productions - Motown musical Dancing in the Streets and Ray Cooney’s latest farce Tom, Dick and Harry - have announced eight-week extensions to their booking periods, taking them into the New Year.


At the Cambridge Theatre, compilation show Dancing in the Streets, which opened on 19 July 2005 (previews from 7 July), is now booking up to 7 January 2006. The show’s medley of hits includes classics made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, The Commodores, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. It’s directed by Keith Strachan, with choreography by Carole Todd, and is produced by Flying Music, the same company behind The Rat Pack, now running at the Savoy Theatre.


Meanwhile, at the Duke of York’s, three of the McGann brothers, Joe, Stephen and Mark, appear on stage together as Tom, Dick and Harry in the new farce written by Ray Cooney (who also directs) with his son Michael, which is also now extended to 7 January 2006.

Joe McGann stars as Tom Kerwood, a loving husband who just wants to adopt a baby. But when the intervention of his brothers leads to calls from the police, asylum seekers and even the Russian mafia, things get complicated. The comedy, Cooney’s 23rd in the West End, also features Mark Wingett, Louise Jameson, Hannah Waterman and David Warwick.

- by Caroline Ansdell