Theatres target teen audiences


Theatre lovers and fans of the US TV show Scrubs may soon be looking to book hotel rooms in London as leading man Zach Braff takes to the stage at the Duke of York.

Famed for his portrayal of Dr Dorian in the American sitcom, Braff will be making his London stage debut in his own play All New People.

"It's always been a dream of mine to do a play in the West End. I never imagined I'd be lucky enough to have it be a play I'd written," the 36-year-old told the Evening Standard.

Potentially drawing in young fans looking for special offers in London, the self-penned comedy will have a limited ten-week run in 2012, from February 22nd onwards.

All New People will see the actor take on the role of Charlie, a severely depressed 35-year-old staying in a summer house in Jersey Shore.

The story is reminiscent of the 2004 film Garden State, which Braff wrote, directed and starred in.

While further casting has yet to be announced, director Peter DuBois will helm the show, having trialled the play off-Broadway in New York.

The production received praise from the New York Times, which described the show as "sensationally funny".

"The jokes, some emerging smartly from character and others simply slapped on for the fun of it, come thick and fast, and are delivered with the precision of ace dart throwers by a cast of four personable actors," the reviewer added.

Also luring in young theatre lovers, 2012 will see an extremely-limited run of Green Day's American Idiot musical at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Boasting a sound track by the award-winning rock band, the musical opened on Broadway in 2010 and received rave reviews, eventually netting two Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Playing only from December 3rd to 8th 2012, the production tells the story of three friends struggling to choose between taking risks to achieve their dreams and staying in the safety of suburbia.