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11/10/01
War Fears Hit Theatreland
- 'It'll get worse,' says stage chief as three plays close

THE TERRORIST ATTACKS of September 11 have forced West End theatre audiences to drop by over 20 per cent. Notre-Dame de Paris, Peggy Sue Got Married and Feelgood have all closed due to the downturn in bookings.

"It is very hard to attract people to come and watch political comedy at the moment," said a spokesman for the spin doctoring fiasco Feelgood. Even long-running shows like The Lion King, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera are suffering reduced bookings due to the decline in overseas business prompted by the threat of recession and war.

The Society of London theatres is therefore drawing up plans for a national marketing campaign to attract domestic theatregoers to make up for the lack of American tourists. "What was already a bad trading year because of foot-and-mouth and the economic downturn is going to get worse," said chief executive Rupert Rimes.

Notre-Dame de Paris gets the chop on October 6; Peggy Sue Got Married closes on October 13 and Feelgood faces the final curtain on October 27





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