Avenue Q closes its doors in October

Published July 15, 2010

The residents of Theatreland’s favourite neighbourhood, Avenue Q, will be packing their bags on 30 October as they perform for the last time at the Wyndham’s theatre.

Broadway import Avenue Q first arrived in London at the Noël Coward theatre in June 2006. Its mix of satire, comedy songs and puppets caught the imagination of the public – if not the critics – and the musical enjoyed a three-year stay on St Martin’s Lane before moving to the Gielgud theatre in 2009 and subsequently the Wyndham’s earlier this year.

Billed as Sesame Street meets South Park, Avenue Q is a coming of age story with a twist, featuring a cast of puppets and humans who are all trying to find their way in life. When recent college graduate Princeton arrives on downmarket street Avenue Q he is struggling to know what to do with his BA in English. But his unlikely neighbours – including porn-obsessed Trekkie Monster, former child star Gary Coleman, sexually confused Rod and wannabe teacher Kate Monster – are there to help him find his purpose.

The score – which includes the ditties It Sucks To Be Me, The Internet Is For Porn and If You Were Gay – helped the show win three Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway.

A statement confirming the show’s closure quoted Kate Monster as saying: “We’ve had a great time, it’s been a real ball, but I think we’ve all grown up and got our sights set on living in a more up-market part of town. And Trekkie Monster wants to be somewhere with a better broadband connection”.

No further productions have yet been confirmed for the Wyndham’s theatre.

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