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Shakespeare in Love At Noel Coward Theatre

Shakespeare in Love At Noel Coward Theatre

“Comedy, love – and a bit with a dog. That’s what they want,” declares Thomas Henslowe, the debt-ridden theatre manager in Shakespeare in Love.

We’ll come to the love in a moment.  But first things first. Not since the chihuahua in the musical of Legally Blonde has there been a more captivating canine cameo in the West End than that now being turned in by the Labradoodle “Spot” (“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”) in this joyous stage adaptation of the Oscar-laden 1997 movie.

Spot is used sparingly and starts off, truth to tell, as a bit of a dope. But Lee Hall’s very canny overhaul of the celebrated Tom Stoppard/Marc Norman script gives Spot the chance to turn up

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West End Theatre Ticket Sales At Record High For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

West End Theatre Ticket Sales At Record High For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

But the show is nearly up for ticketing websites which fail to display their compulsory charges which can add 40% onto prices.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Book of Mormon helped London’s West End enjoy a record year for ticket sales.

Box office figures released by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) showed overall attendances were up 4% from the previous year 14,587,276, while sales rose 11% to £585,506,455.

It comes as seven of

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