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|Divorce And Murder Storm The Stage
- Two shows extend their booking
THE CLASSIC Arsenic and Old Lace and the new play My Brilliant Divorce have extended their booking periods. Joseph Kesserling's comedy plays until June 21 at the Strand theatre where it premiered 60 years ago, whilst the one woman show about marital breakdown is booking until May 17 at the Apollo.
The shows have little in common besides a starry cast. Matthew Francis' revival features Olivier award winning Marcia Warren and Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame in the black comedy about two old ladies who poison men and bury them in the basement of their Victorian home. Comedienne Dawn French, on the other hand, braves the stage alone in Geraldine Aron's look at commitment and personal development.
The success of these very different shows comes at a time when mayor Ken Livingstone's scheme to attract new theatregoers and subsidise stage stuff has been deemed a waste of public money. If new shows and old classics can surpass producers' expectations there's hope yet for a diverse and popular theatreland.