The number of people taking in a show during their London break has increased with the appearance of celebrity stars in West End productions. The past year has seen a host of big names take to the stage to huge acclaim including Keira Knightly and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope, Martin Freeman appearing in Clybourne Park and David Suchet perform in the award winning All my Sons. With further TV and film stars turning to the stage audience numbers are increasing as more of us are taking theatre breaks.
With Lend me a Tenor opening this week starring TV presenter Matthew Kelly, and the news that Justin Lee Collins will take on a role in the West End debut of Rock of Ages the world of theatre and television collide and cry out to a larger audience. The pull of a star name has increased the number of visitors to the West End and opened it up to fresh eyes. With Sheridan Smith winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Elle Brooks in Legally Blonde the Musical it shows that stars of the screen can make the move to the stage and do so with great success.
Who would you like to see make the move to the West End? Do you think it would work?