Theater: Bard, Bible and Forklift Truck

In London, imaginative revivals highlight the season

London theater, like Broadway, has had less than a banner year. No new Amadeus, The Real Thing, Cats or Nicholas Nickleby, no groundbreaking experience, has emerged to take the West End and then America by acclaim. The difference is that when Broadway falters, production slows to a trickle and half the theaters are dark. In London there is always plenty to see, including, at the moment, as many American musicals as on Broadway, at roughly a third of Broadway prices. Shows open and close more quickly in London than in New York City, where financial success usually depends on a long...

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