THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, is to close at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane theatre on 24th Feb 01, and will transfer to The Prince of Wales Theatre, from 23rd Mar 01.

It is reported that it had always been Cameron Mackintosh's intention to open the show in a mid-scale theatre, but nothing suitable was available at the time when the show went into production. However, now that the Prince of Wales Theatre has become available next year, following the closure of Fosse on 13th Jan 01, Mackintosh has taken advantage of this and is moving "The Witches of Eastwick" into an auditorium of "perfect size" for the show. The Prince of Wales theatre seats around 1,100, the Drury Lane Theatre seats around 2,000. 

The production's spectacular flying and scenic effects and pyrotechnics will be adapted to suit the new space, which will involve the audience even closely within its intimate surroundings.

The £5 million   production, which opened in July,  has advance bookings of over £1.5 million   and has played to more than £200,000 at the box office each week since it opened. 

The show written by  John Dempsey and   Dana Rowe, based on the novel by John Updike and the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, currently features Ian McShane as 'Darryl', and Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman and Joanna Riding as the three witches. (It is not known yet  if a new cast is to take over when the show transfers!)

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