Avenue Q reopens in London’s West End today at the Gielgud Theatre, two months after vacating the Noël Coward Theatre for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Calendar Girls. The show’s return is something of a reprieve: it would have closed in October last year, but a sudden rise in ticket sales kept the show going until the end of March, with the opportunity to reopen now in a new theatre.
Responses to the original production in London were mixed, perhaps most easily summed up in Brent Meersman’s write-up for The Real Review:
After three successful years on Broadway, the people-and-hand-puppet musical Avenue Q transferred to the West End in June. This is great matinée idea while in London. The Americans are at their best when they’re acerbic and ruthlessly candid – with songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet is for Porn”…. The music leans towards amusing the little ones and the book is at times preachy and sentimental, but overall the first act is charming fun.
I like the show a fair bit more than that – but, if a production is playing near you, go and see for yourself. I’m certain you’ll have a great time.