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Avenue Q - Greenwich Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE producers behind the first UK Tour of Spring Awakening and West End production of Seussical will be embarking on a ten week tour of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Avenue Q, following a run in their resident venue Greenwich Theatre (April 23 to May 11, 2014).

A smash hit on Broadway, in the West End and worldwide, this coming of age satire based on the much loved Sesame Street features puppets and puppeteers alongside human actors.

Recent college graduate Princeton moves to Avenue Q filled with hopes and dreams and in search of his purpose. What he finds is Gary Coleman fixing the toilets, girl next door Kate Monster and her unfulfilled dreams for a Monsterssori school, internet sexpert Trekkie Monster and closet gay Republican Rod.

With songs such as The Internet is for Porn and Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, these funny, fuzzy characters teach Princeton about real life in a mixture of flesh, felt and heart.

Avenue Q first appeared in 2003 at the Off-Broadway theatre, the Vineyard, before transferring to Broadway later that year. A smash hit, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. In 2006, Cameron Mackintosh produced it in the West End, where it ran for five years before touring. It has also appeared in more than ten countries all over the world.

Presented by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell a Door Theatre Company Ltd and Richard Darbourne, Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty. Original Concept is by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.

Sell a Door Theatre Company are a Greenock and Greenwich based theatre company formed in 2007 producing a large volume of mid-scale touring theatre. The majority of their work is aimed at teens and young adults with the ambition to attract young audiences and to excite them to the possibilities of theatre. Their recent productions include Dracula (2010), A Taste of Honey (2011), Lord of the Flies (2011 and 2012), Seussical (2012 and 2013) and the debut UK tour of Spring Awakening (2011).

Artistic Director David Hutchinson said: “This is our third major musical production following Spring Awakening in 2011 and Seussical in 2012 and 2013. I have every faith that this parable, which so cleverly pokes fun at the issues young people face going into adulthood, will strike a chord with audiences up and down the country.”

Avenue Q is directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré, with set design by Richard Evans, lighting by Charlie Morgan Jones, sound by Chris Bogg and DBS Solutions, puppets designed by Paul Jomain (www.Qpuppets.co.uk) and orchestrations and arrangements by Stephen Oremus. Casting has yet to be announced.

Avenue Q is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £26 and £21 (concessions £22.50 and £17.50), previews (April 23 and 24) £11. To book, call the box office on 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 6pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (excluding April 23).

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes.

The tour will visit Torquay, Crewe, Londonderry, Manchester, Bracknell, Edinburgh, Inverness, Buxton, High Wycombe, Crawley, Blackpool, Poole, Lincoln, Sunderland, Winchester, St Helens, Lichfield, Croydon and Guildford.