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|Webber Launches Theatreshare Scheme
- Stars back new money-raising project for the West End
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER has launched a theatrical investment and production company called Theatreshare Plc. Working in close conjunction with the West End's largest theatre group, Really Useful Theatres, he aims to develop new stage stuff.
The brains behind long running hits Cats and Phantom of the Opera is now committed to a variety of work, from new plays to revivals and adaptations. The UKP2 million currently being raised should pump new blood into West End venues like the London Palladium, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Queen's and the Lyric.
Stephen Fry chairs the company while patrons include Maureen Lipman, Fiona Shaw and Richard Wilson. Forthcoming productions are Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bombay Dreams and The Producers, and Theatreshare consultants such as Dawn French and Trevor Nunn are equally high profile. "Commercial theatre is one of Britain's great success stories... this new company is an exciting opportunity for theatregoers and investors alike," says Fry.