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Urinetown transfers to West End's Apollo in September

The American musical, set in a Gotham-like city of the future, is directed by Jamie Lloyd

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Richard Fleeshman and Rosanna Hyland in Urinetown at the St James
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Urinetown is transferring to the West End's Apollo Theatre later this year, it has been confirmed.

The musical, which is directed by Jamie Lloyd, received its UK premiere at the St James Theatre in March. It will run at the Apollo from 29 September 2014.

Written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, Urinetown is set in a Gotham-like city of the future, where a hero leads the people in an uprising against private toilets.

Director Lloyd's other current West End productions are The Commitments and the upcoming Richard III, as part of his new season at Trafalgar Studios.

He said today: "Having attracted a diverse audience of all ages at the St James earlier this year, I'm bursting to bring our production of this brilliantly off-kilter musical comedy to the West End, where I hope we'll make an even bigger splash."

Urinetown is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with choreography by Ann Yee, lighting by Adam Silverman, sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and musical supervision by Alan Williams.

Casting for the West End transfer is still to be announced; the St James production starred Richard Fleeshman, Simon Paisley Day and Jenna Russell.

The Apollo - which recently reopened following an incident in December when part of the ceiling collapsed onto theatregoers - is currently home to the National Theatre of Scotland's Let the Right One In.

Urinetown is produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group.