Forbidden Broadway transfer replaces Rabbit Hole
The long running Off-Broadway revue Forbidden Broadway, currently playing at London's Menier Chocolate Factory through to 30 Aug 2014, will now transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre. Previews begin on 09 Sep 2014, with an official opening on 15 Sep and the limited run will then continue through to 22 Nov 2014.
The transfer replaces the previously announced production of Rabbit Hole, starring Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt. Producers of the show claim that despite the show's postponement 'due to a late shift in schedules', they 'remain committed' to bringing it to London in the future.
Three of the cast members from the Menier Chocolate Factory run of Forbidden Broadway - Anna-Jane Casey, Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis - will transfer with the show. They will be joined by YouTube sensation Christina Bianco. Forbidden Broadway is written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Phillip George. It is produced in association with John Freedson and Harriet Yellin.
This updated version of the show showcases some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, Matilda, Wicked and Miss Saigon. The Off-Broadway production has enjoyed 21 editions with 9 cast albums and is currently playing at The Davenport Theatre under its latest name: 'Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging'.
Forbidden Broadway originally opened off-Broadway in 1982, and has since become a theatrical institution. The franchise has been recognised nationally and internationally, clocking up over 9,000 performances in more than 200 US cities as well as productions in London (including the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2009), Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.