Avenue Q to reopen at Gielgud Theatre 1 June - after closing at Noel Coward on 28 March

Avenue Q to reopen at Gielgud Theatre 1 June - after closing at Noel Coward on 28 March

Avenue Q, which closes at the Noel Coward Theatre 28 March 2009, will reopen at the Gielgud Theatre on 1 June 2009 - booking to 26 Sep 2009.

Over the last 4 months, Avenue Q has seen its best box office sales yet and the highest weekly grosses since the production opened in June 2006. Producer Cameron Mackintosh said today: "...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."

The current cast and puppets will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, which includes Daniel Boys (Princeton and Rod); Mark Goldthorp (Trekkie Monster & Nicky); Julie Atherton (Kate Monster and Lucy The Slute), Christopher Fry (Brian), Edward Baruwa (Gary Coleman); Joanna Ampil (Christmas Eve)

Avenue Q opened at the Noël Coward Theatre 28 June 2006, following previews from 1 June, to excellent notices from the popular press: MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "it had delighted me sufficiently." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Enjoyable production." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Light-weight affair." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "There’s something almost refreshing in several of the jaunty-sounding songs." NICK CURTIS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Very well executed and sporadically hilarious " BRIAN LOGAN for TIME OUT says, "Very easy to enjoy."

It has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty. Directed by Jason Moore , designed by Anna Louizos, lighting by Howell Binkley, choreography by Ken Roberson, costumes by Mirena Rada.

Puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets! Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life. A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on AVENUE Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in then songs of this show.

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