If you're wondering how the 'play' at the Finsbury Park theater, I an tell you now. It's doing very well ! Playing to a full house, some nights. I was a tad saddened to learn this until I came across this on Moor Larkin's blog
Park 90, as it's name suggests has an audience capacity of 90. There are however, two theater's in this glorified arts centre. The larger space holds 200 ! Just 200 hundred guys and gals, yes you heard that right.
The venue describes itself as 'off West end', 11 minutes (presumably by tube) from where the real theater's are.
Off West End or not, Park200 has attracted the great and the good from theater critic world, can't think why ? From the Islington Gazette to the telegraph and more, it seems just about every media outlet , has either seen or has promoted this nasty event.
157 articles on or related to this play. Amazing when you think how many have been produced about Karin Ward's libel trial this week. Google it, tell me how many you find, I'm tired of looking.
For some reason, extra nights have been added to this 'off West end' production. NAPAC are well pleased as they are profiting out of the experience.
But, don't believe the hype guys and gals. Look a bit closer at the audience figures. Looks like folk tend to purchase their tickets on the day or closely before.
Yes, all concerned seem to be doing OK out of the character assassination of a dead DJ who never uttered a bad word about anyone in public ! Park200 might have an audience of liars
But, Park90 has it's dead monkey and not knowing what this is about makes it hard to decide which is the most tasteless
The venue's boss is over the moon ! I doubt he's seen so many folk through his doors, or ever will again. So many, they've put on two extra nights !
There is indeed, 'much to be learnt from this DISGUSTING piece of our society's history' But I doubt Jez and his pals will be admitting that anytime soon !
And neither will Jonny Maitland or Alistair McGowan be admitting it either. But I could care less guys and gals because I know that even with a hundred more nights, off or on, 'West end', they will never attract the audiences Jimmy did. Here's jus a few of the 35,000 who showed up at the end of one of his charity walks, this one in Dublin in 1971 I think it was.
It's in his 1974 book 'As it happens', as it happens !
Have a great weekend !