Long runs extend longer

Published April 17, 2008

Three long running London theatre productions have announced extensions to their runs.

Buddy has extended its run by seven months and is now booking to 28 March 2009 at the Duchess theatre. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the show and the 50th anniversary of Holly’s death. The rock ‘n’ roll musical tells the story of legendary musician Buddy Holly and his tragically short life, charting his journey to success from the recording studios of Nashville to New York where he became a star. The show includes hits such as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue and Raining In My Heart.

Grease has also extended its run for seven months and is now booking until 10 January 2009 at the Piccadilly theatre. Based on the 1978 film, the musical tells the story of young lovers Danny and Sandy, set amongst the T-Birds and Pink Ladies of Rydell High School. Danny Bayne and Susan McFadden, winners of ITV’s talent search Grease Is The Word, are currently confirmed as performing in the lead roles until 16 June.

Lastly, the longest running play in the history of British theatre, The Mousetrap, is now booking until 1 November 2008 at the St Martin’s theatre. Written by Agatha Christie, the murder mystery is now in its impressive 56th year and boasts many impressive statistics such as the 297 actors and actresses that have performed in the play, one of which, David Raven, performed an amazing 4575 times as Major Metcalf. CM