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Last Updated: Friday, 4 July, 2003, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Springer opera gets West End run
Jerry Springer - The Opera
The show has drawn new audiences to the National
Stage hit Jerry Springer - The Opera is transferring to the West End, with producers aiming to attract younger theatre-goers.

The show has been a sell-out at the National Theatre, and is now moving to the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.

It is based on the US presenter's trashy talk show, and features tap-dancing Ku Klux Klan members, and a chorus chanting four-letter words.

The production has been a big hit for new National Theatre boss Nicholas Hytner, with its run extended twice, and producers say 45% of its audience have been newcomers to the venue.

Now producers are making 35,000 top-price tickets available at a reduced rate for under-25s when the show moves to the Cambridge on 14 October.

"We think it is vitally important to get more young people into the theatre, and it is a show which has proved hugely appealing to a younger audience," said a spokesman.

The show, written by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, started at the Battersea Arts Centre in south London last year, before being picked up by the National.

Lee joked: "I am delighted to be going to the Cambridge Theatre with Jerry Springer - The Opera, as it is easily reached via the 73 bus from my home in Hackney."

Composer Richard Thomas added: "The one good thing about opening in the West End is... everything."




SEE ALSO:
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Hytner takes National Theatre reins
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National Theatre to slash ticket prices
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