facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

Q transfers to Shaftesbury Avenue

First Published 9 March 2009, Last Updated 10 March 2009

Hit musical Avenue Q, which was expected to end its run in the West End on 28 March, has announced that though it is still closing at the Noel Coward theatre it will transfer to the Gielgud theatre on 1 June.

Since announcing its West End closure the production, a devilishly irreverent mix of Sesame Street-style puppets and satirical, low-brow humour, has seen its box office sales soar, suggesting that its time on the London stage should not come to an end just yet.

Avenue Q’s producer, theatre impresario Cameron Mackintosh, said today: “When I first saw Avenue Q in New York over five years ago, I found it a very funny, fresh and clever look at the trials and tribulations of young people finding their way in life, with splendidly witty swipes at contemporary hang-ups. So I was rather surprised when the show opened in 2006 that the British national critics mostly didn’t get it and predicted that it would only last three months. Three years later Q is going stronger than ever, so much so that ever since I announced the last six months at the Coward to allow Calendar Girls to be booked into the theatre, business has surged to such an extent that I’m delighted to announce that Avenue Q is going to continue its run on the Avenue – Shaftesbury that is – at the start of June.”

With songs including The Internet Is For Porn, Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist and It Sucks To Be Me, Avenue Q introduced a different kind of musical to the West End when it opened in June 2006. Since then, its celebrity fans have included Orlando Bloom, Russell Brand, David Hasselhoff, Derek Jacobi, Leona Lewis, William H Macey, Ian McKellen, Elaine Paige, Jonathan Ross and Zoe Wanamaker.

Avenue Q moves into the Gielgud theatre once Enjoy finishes its recently extended run on 16 May. Alan Bennett’s tale of an aging couple preparing to be moved out of their old back-to-back and into a new maisonette stars Alison Steadman and David Troughton.



Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.