Avenue Q to tour UK
February 12, 2014  //  By:   //  News, UK Tours  //  Comments are off

Puppets, porn and the purpose of life as musical comedy smash returns to London

 
Greenwich Theatre 23rd April to 11th May 2014
National Tour 13th May to 2nd August 2014

A smash hit on Broadway, the West End and worldwide, this hugely popular coming of age satire based on the much loved Sesame Street features puppets and puppeteers alongside human actors. 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 following a run in their resident venue Greenwich Theatre.

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 for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Cameron Mackintosh produced it in the West End in 2006, where it ran for five years before touring, and has appeared in more than ten countries all over the world.

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 & 2012), Seussical (2012 & 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 & 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.”

@sell_a_door | #avenueqtour | www.selladoor.com

Running Time: 2hrs 30 mins | Suitable for 14+

 

Company Information
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed and Choreographed by Cressida Carré
Set design by Richard Evans Lighting design by Charlie Morgan Jones
Sound design by Chris Bogg and DBS Solutions
Puppets Designed by Paul Jomain (www.Qpuppets.co.uk)
Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus

 

Cast
To be announced

 

London Listing
Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
Weds 23rd Apr to Sun 11th May, Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm, Weds & Sat matinees 2.30pm (excluding 23rd Apr)
£26 & £21 (cons £22.50 & £17.50), previews 23rd & 24th April £11
www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk | 020 8858 7755

 

Tour Listings
13 – 17 May
Princess Theatre, Torquay
Torbay Rd, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5EZ
Times and prices TBC
www.atgtickets.com | 0844 871 3023

19 – 21 May
Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Heath St, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 2DA
7.30pm | £26 – £19
www.crewelyceum.co.uk | 01270 368242

23 – 25 May
Millennium Forum, Londonderry
3 Newmarket St, Londonderry BT48 6EB
8pm, Sat matinee 5pm | £26.50 – £12.50
www.millenium forum.co.uk | 028 7126 4455

27 – 31 May
Palace Theatre, Manchester
97 Oxford St, Manchester, Lancashire M1 6FT
Times and prices TBC
www.atgtickets.com | 0161 245 6600

5 – 6 June
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
South Hill Park Mansion, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PA
7.30pm | £25 (concs £22.50, members £20)
www.southhillpark.org.uk | 01344 484 123

10 – 14 June
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
2 Leven St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9LQ
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm | £29.50 – £15
www.edtheatres.com | 0131 529 6000

17 – 18 June
Eden Court, Inverness
Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
7.30pm | £22.50 – £20.50
www.eden-court.co.uk | 01463 234 234

19 – 21 June
Buxton Opera House
Water St, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
Times and prices TBC
www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk | 0845 127 2190

23 – 25 June
Wycombe Swan Theatre
St Mary St, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2XE
7.30pm | £26 – £20 (concs £24 – £18)
www.wycombeswan.co.uk | 01494 512000

26 – 28 June
The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Hawth Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ
Thur & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm | £26.50 (concs £23.50) www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk | 01293 553 636

1 – 5 July
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
33 Church St, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1HT
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2pm | £31 – £20
www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk | 01253 290190

7 – 9 July
Lighthouse, Poole
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG
7.45pm, Tues matinee 2.30pm | £22.50 – £20.50
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk | 0844 406 8666

10 – 13 July
Lincoln Theatre Royal
Clasketgate, Lincoln LN2 1JJ, UK
Thurs – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm | £23 – £18 (concs £17.50)
www.lincolntheatreroyal.com | 01522 519999

14 – 16 July
Empire, Sunderland
4-5 High St W, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3EX
Times and prices TBC
www.atgtickets.com | 0191 566 1040

17 – 19 July
Theatre Royal Winchester
Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Times and prices TBC
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk | 01962 840440

21 – 23 July
Theatre Royal, St Helens
Corporation St, St Helens WA10 1LQ
7.30pm, Tues matinee £2.30pm | £25 (concs £22.50)
www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com | 01744 756000

24 – 26 July
Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield
Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm | £25 – £22.50
www.lichfieldgarrick.com | 01543 412121

28 – 30 July
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Park Ln, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1DG
7.30pm, Weds matinee 2.30pm | £32.50 – £25
www.fairfield.co.uk | 020 8688 9291

31 July – 2 Aug
G Live! Guildford
London Rd, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm | £27.50 – £14.50
www.glive.co.uk | 0844 7701 797