- Title: UK: Avenue Q puppets go on holiday
- Date: 25th March 2009
- Summary: MORE OF PHOTOCALL AS PUPPETS GO PAST CAMERA/ FOOL AROUND A BIT WIDE OF PHOTOCALL BY THAMES
- Reuters ID: LVA89YT1EU7UN4HPPM42ZJJ0ZITQ
- Duration: 00:00:38
- Topics: Entertainment
- Story Text: Avenue Q puppets set off on first holiday after three years in the London West End.
They've entertained London theatregoers for three years and now it's time for a break for the "Avenue Q" puppets. To mark the beginning of their holiday they organized a little goodbye for fans and photographers alike on board a London doubledecker bus.
Avenue Q was due close permanently in the West End at the NoÃ«l Coward Theatre on 28 March... but it will now reopen at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on 1 June after the cast and puppets take the well deserved holiday! When it was announced last October that Avenue Q would finish its long run at the NoÃ«l Coward, it was not a decision taken lightly by its producers.
In its third successful year and as it celebrated 1,000 performances in the West End, Avenue Q was still attracting packed houses. But the producers decided that it may be the right time to bring the show to a natural end - and go out on a high note.
However, since the closure was announced, Avenue Q has proven to be the perfect musical for our troubled times by going from strength to strength during the credit crunch.
The combination of accessible prices and a hilarious night out is proving to be the perfect recipe for audiences hungry for escapism from terrible financial headlines.
Over the last four months, Avenue Q has seen its best box office sales yet and the highest weekly grosses since the production opened in June 2006.
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