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"UMOJA" TRANFERS TO NEW LONDON THEATRE IN SEP 02
It is now confirmed that the South African musical Umoja, will transfer from the Queens Theatre, where is closes 31st Aug, to the New London Theatre on 12th Sep 02.
This show opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in November last year and was forced to close in February after The Shaftesbury Theatre was served a Noise Abatement Notice by Camden Borough Council. People living near the Shaftesbury Theatre said that the noise of the show's drumming was impossible to live with. The show then re-opened at the Queens Theatre in June, where it is now playing until 31st Aug 02 before transferring to the New London Theatre on 12th Sep 02.
Written by Todd Twala, Thembi Nyandeni and Ian von Memerty, it is a celebration of music and dance featuring 36 young black South African performers. The producers of the show are Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, the force behind an earlier South African hit, Ipi Tombi.
Umoja was well received by the popular press when it opened last November at the Shaftesbury Theatre….. THE STAGE said, “A truly magnificent display of South African song and dance.” THE TIMES said, “The dancing is well drilled, the singing strong and a five-piece band is on the mark.” THE GUARDIAN said, “This celebration of South African music and black spirit breezes into the West End like a breath of fresh air.