Thursday, April 18, 2024

Today’s Show Cancelled: Too Hot in UK for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Afraid of Melting at 86 Degrees


The folks at London’s “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” in Wimbledon were afraid they were going to melt today.

There’s no air conditioning at the beautiful New Wimbledon Theater. And it’s 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius). And the year is 1910. That’s when the theater was built.

New Wimbledon is owned by Ambassador Theater Group, which now is merged in New York with Jujamcyn Theaters. They’re so devoted to history they don’t want to change a thing! I hope they don’t mind turning up the AC in NYC!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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