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|New Plays Bite The Dust
- Mahler's Conversion leaves theatregoers unconvinced
MAHLER'S CONVERSION has posted closing notices just two weeks after opening. Due to desert the Aldwych Theatre November 2, this is the sixth West End show to close prematurely following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Ronald Harwood's new play shares the fate of Peggy Sue Got Married, Closer To Heaven, Notre Dame de Paris, The Witches of Eastwick and Feelgood. As fears of war and economic depression rise, punters are loath to concern themselves with Mahler's dilemmas of faith.
Even Anthony Sher's fine performance as the talented conductor forced to convert by anti-Semitic Vienna has failed to woo theatregoers. Judging by the measly turn out at the Savoy theatre for the new play Antarctica, the current political climate also looks set to continue freezing out West End shows.