LondonNet THEATRE EXTRA Newsletter...
28 March 2003, Issue 4
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1. INTRO: My Fair Lady
2. IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ragtime Extended, Thespians At War
3. FIRST NIGHTS: Openings, Cast News
4. CURTAINS DOWN: Shows ending their runs
5. ACCOMMODATION: Great deals for London theatregoers
6. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings
7. COMPETITION: A pair of tickets for The Wedding

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Top Ten Shows - March 2003
1 My Fair Lady
2 My Brilliant Divorce
3 Mamma Mia!
4 Chicago
5 We Will Rock You
6 Les Miserables
7 Auntie and Me
8 Phantom of the Opera
9 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
10 Arsenic and Old Lace
- Click here for full Theatre A to Z

- Thanks to our increased allocation we have tickets for almost all upcoming performances. See:



Ragtime Now Extended at the Piccadilly Theatre
Ragtime - Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Based on the novel by E L Doctorow

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Ragtime is the epic story of three very different families whose lives become dramatically intertwined. Their stories unfold across a colourful and vibrant era in America's history, characterised by explosive music and a people determined to succeed and clebrate. This brand new production of the hit Broadway musical includes Marai Friedman, Dave Willets, Graham Bickley and the Broadway performer Kevyn Morrow.

Brimming with irrepressible charatcers both financial and real life, Ragtime is a unique, sweeping and above all, life affirming story about the choices we face in life and how we become the people we are.

Ragtime is at the Piccadilly Theatre; call the box office on 020 7369 1734
To find out more about this special production, please visit www.ragtimeuk.com

***Special LondonNet Ticket Offer***
25 UKP for all seats until 3 May
(when booked by 6 April 2003).
Valid for all performances excluding Sat eves and subject to availability.

Alternatively, Click Here for Ragtime Tickets via Firstcall


Thespians At War
With the invasion of Iraq a series of protest plays have popped up in unusual places. The likes of theatre collective Shunt, fringe connoisseur Justin Butcher and writer director David Williams have all moved with the times to make topical plays at break neck speed.

Williams' War Crime in particular marks a new London venue. His time-jumping drama about a young Serbian killed by an American pilot turns the crypt of the once bombed St Andrew's Church Holborn into a theatre. Until recently the crypt was filled with rubble left over from the fire bombing of the Second World War

This trend for forging performance spaces from deserted venues is exemplified by Shunt. Their Dance Bear Dance show all about anarchy takes place in their Bethnal Green railway arch. This promenade piece invites an audience to believe that a terrorist roams in their midst, turning a walk through their atmospheric venue into a site specific show.

Mean time Butcher's hard-hitting The Madness of George Dubya moves from the small scale stages of the Teatro Technis and the Pleasance theatre to the West End stage of the Arts Theatre. His anti-government spoof on the President and the Prime Minister opens April 2.

Helena Thompson ([email protected])


3. FIRST NIGHTS: Openings, Cast News

- The Three Sisters (opens 03/04/03)
Starry rework of Chekhov’s classic puts Kristin Scott Thomas back on stage.


4. CURTAINS DOWN: Shows ending their runs

- Auntie and Me (Closes: 26/04/03)
Alan Davies' stage debut marks a departure from his well known performances in television


5. LONDON ACCOMMODATION: Great deals for London theatregoers

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6. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings

Are you planning a works party, school trip, birthday treat or laying on
corporate hospitality?

LondonNet's ticketing specialists will be happy to advise you on group
bookings for theatre. Our advisors have in-depth knowledge about shows and
theatres across the West End and are here to help you make the right choice
for your party. Because of our close relationship with the theatres and
ticket wholesalers we are able to obtain discounts on many shows.

Example of typical savings on offer (Conditions may apply):
- My Fair Lady
Group Size = 10:
Normal Price; UKP 40.00, UKP 35.00
Group Price: UKP 27.50, UKP 22.50
plus 1 free with every 20 tickets purchased, 2 free with every 30
(bigger discounts available for larger groups and school trips)

Full list of savings see:
LondonNet Theatre Group Listings Guide

School Groups:


7. COMPETITION: A pair of tickets for The Wedding

Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets for Scarlet Theatre's production of the Wedding on Friday 4th April at The Southwark Playhouse.

Question: Who wrote The Wedding?
Tip: See details below

Show Details:
The Wedding
"Piñera's satirical stab at society's obsession with keeping up appearances has found a pert match in the inventive Scarlet Theatre." Time Out
By Virgilio Piñera
Translated by Kate Eaton
Directed by Emma Bernard

Venue Details:
62 Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1
17 March - 5 April at 7.30pm and matinee on 5 April at 3.00pm
BOX OFFICE 020 7620 3494 £10.00 (£6.00 conc.) Mondays only £5.00
Fax: 020 7261 1271 Email: [email protected]

All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "The Wedding
Compie Two" to:
[email protected]

NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be
used for this compie-guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't
send you info about the prize!

RULES and INFO: First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize,
details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 1 April 2003


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