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|Golden Girl Shines On
- Bea Arthur goes West End
BEA ARTHUR makes her West End stage debut this autumn. The 80 year-old American actress builds on the name she made for herself in the 1980s TV sitcom Golden Girls. Her own show - called Bea Arthur at the Savoy - plays 15 September until 18 October at the Savoy theatre.
Bea Arthur's show started out on a US tour in 2001. Then called And Then There's Bea, the show became known as Just Between Friends when snapped up by Broadway. Although a stranger to London's theatreland, Arthur's experience performing opposite Angela Lansbury in the original Broadway production of the musical Mame paid dividends in the creation of her successful solo show.
Arthur's debut follows in the footsteps of the Old Vic hit, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Despite failing her Golden Girl's audition, Strich's witty review show provides the blueprint for Arthur's debut. Both aging actresses use song and sketch to recall the highs and lows of their careers.