A recent report in the Independent on Sunday suggested that it is women who are driving the boom in the West End, and producers are duly targeting female-friendly shows derived from the silver screen. “We have read chick lit and watched chick flicks; now women are queuing up for a stream of female-friendly dramas on the stage. Theatre is awash with shows appealing particularly to women, many based on popular novels and films, and more are in the pipeline. Women are responding in their droves, often on a girls’ night out,” according to the story.
It goes on to cite the successes of Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, Grease and of course Dirty Dancing and Calendar Girls; it also mentions Flashdance, an adaptation of the film about a female welder who loves to dance, coming to the Shaftesbury in September, and musical versions of Bridget Jones and Ghost that are in development.