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|Crisis-Hit Theatreland Gets Help From Mayor
- Livingstone takes steps to save West End shows
KEN LIVINGSTONE has set up a Tourism Action Group to promote London theatre. Following a visit to Victoria Palace where Kiss Me Kate opens tonight, London's mayor is meeting with West End representatives to discuss how to win back the support of the tourists.
"The 30 per cent of income from tourists gives the West End solvency," says composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. In the light of the foot and mouth crisis, the downturn in the economy economy, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, mainstream theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh agrees that these are worrying times.
Music men Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber have particular cause for concern as the West End shows to announce early closure have all been musicals. With Peggy Sue Got Married, Notre-Dame de Paris, Closer to Heaven and The Witches of Eastwick terminating their run prematurely, Ken might have to attend the Arts Theatre's cabarets if he's looking for an evening's light entertainment.