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12/07/01
West End Feel Good Factor for New Plays
- Crowd-pleasing new plays dominate Theatreland

THE NEW LABOUR satire Feelgood is taking bookings beyond its expected September closure at the Garrick theatre. Likewise the award-winning new play Blue/Orange extends its run at the Duchess.

Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange concerns a London mental hospital where a patient claims to be the son of an exiled African dictator, sparking a power struggle of racial tension and madness. Alistair Beaton's Feelgood, on the other hand, is set at a political party conference where spin-doctors are sweating over the Prime Minister's speech. All the plays have in common is living authorship and a lot of fans.

Penhall's play transferred from the prestigious National theatre while Beaton's premiered at the small Hampstead theatre. The news of Blue/Orange and Feelgoods' success follows theatre impresario Cameron Mackintosh decision not to stage any new musicals and signifies new plays as a the possible future of the West End.





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