It would seem that things are a tad awry in theatre land. The *feel-good*, sing-a-long, who-needs-a-plot musical is insidiously creeping across the West End, to the extent that there are but seven serious plays on at our main theatres (if you can call the Mouse Trap serious), compared with twenty four musicals. It’s the bums-on-seats factor. Money in the bank over a BAFTA on the mantelpiece.
Now it has to be said that Londonist is a closet hand-clapping toe-tapper, but we like out high-brow drama and our Whitehall farces as well. And the good news is…they’re still out there. Just not in the West End. The London Theatre Guide lists 164 plays in London (although not all running concurrently). So that’s alright then.