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UNITED KINGDOM
England PETER HEPPLE
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London and many regional openings, English theatre is in a state of numerical

decline. In 1999 it carried reviews of 804 London shows, in 2000 708 and

in 2001 674.

Is this a worrying trend? Well, in one respect it obviously is. Fewer pro-

ductions mean less work for actors and reduced opportunities for writers. Or,

and this is my personal contention, it more likely means less inclination to take

a chance on the unknown, more care in choosing plays and productions, and

possibly a reduction in the number of London’s fringe theatres.