Spring Awakening Posts Closing Notices, 30 May
Date: 12 May 2009
Alt-rock musical Spring Awakening has posted closing notices at the Novello Theatre, where it has been running since 21 March and was originally booking until 31 October 2009 (See News, 18 Feb 2009). It will now close on 30 May.
The UK premiere production, which enjoyed a six week run at the Lyric Hammersmith prior to its West End transfer, is directed by Michael Mayer, choreographed by Bill T Jones - from the reunited New York creative team - and stars newcomers Charlotte Wakefield (as Wendla), Iwan Rheon (Moritz) and Aneurin Barnard (Melchior).
A statement from the show's producers said: "Despite the most positive critical response to a theatrical production in recent years, the enthusiasm of the media, accessible ticket pricing and the incredible response audiences give the show each night, simply not enough tickets are being sold.
"We are grateful to all of the people who have supported the show and to those who have worked so tirelessly and passionately throughout the run. We also salute all of those involved who have made efforts in the last few days in an attempt to avoid this unfortunate outcome. We simply urge everyone to see this wonderful musical, and its extraordinary cast, before it finishes."
The musical premiered at New York’s Atlantic Theater Company in May 2006 and transferred that December to Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, going on to win eight trophies, including Best Musical, at the 2007 Tony Awards (See News, 11 Jun 2007). Recently rumours have surfaced that a big-screen adaptation could be in the offing (See The Goss, 15 Apr 2009).
Spring Awakening, which has music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on the Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play of the same name about sexual discovery. Set in 19th-century Germany, the story centres on brilliant student Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful girl on the verge of womanhood.
- by Theo Bosanquet
|saw the show in sanfransisco,it was really good,also saw the show in london in april,i said i did,nt think the uk was ready for such a show look what happend to the show rent it was to real for some people,and also failed on the second attempt to.hope it will tour,bring it to spain,we,re ready for it over here. - K.DAVIES||06 Jul 09|
|my boyfriend got me tickets for my birthday for the 13th june,will he get his money back? was really looking forward to it :( - katie||01 Jul 09|
|Such a waste that Britain will miss out on this amazing show. Me and a friend booked last minute and saw the show yesterday because we were so desperate to see it! I can honestly saw it was one of the best pieces of theatre I've ever seen. It is definately the most exciting show in London atm and I'm genuinely gutted that I won't see it again :( - Katie||28 May 09|
|I don't understand... It seems to me like they only just started the advertising campaign very recently, and bearing in mind alot of the fans are under 21, they would still be in the middle of exams right now,the producers just don't seem to have given it chance at all.
It's an outrage and a disgrace, this is probably one of the most inventive shows in the West End at the moment. People are complaining that theatre is stale and boring, but it only is because anything good gets shut down after a few weeks!
I know so many people who were going to go in the summer, after school/college had finished, but now we can't do that. They have also shut it just a little while before the tourist rush! Why can they not just keep it open through the summer, I'm sure they would sell all their tickets. - Victoria Jones||28 May 09|
|So disappointed. We had tickets for 6 June and were really looking forward to seeing something innovative and exciting. Can only hope we get another chance to see it soon. - Mrs B||26 May 09|
|I still cannot believe it is closing. It is my favorite show because it is different. Everything about it is utterly mind blowing. It is better than so many rubbish shows on at the moment. Going too see it on 29th May and see it one last time and just pray for a revival. :( - Catherine||25 May 09|
|I have worked on Broadway and The West End for 20 years and am now teaching High School kids. I took them to see this show at the Lyric and it changed their lives. It is one of the Best Pieces of theatre that I have ever witnessed. I am shocked that it is closing. But then again...RENT had the same fate when it opened in the West End as did CONTACT (we closed way before we should have) What does this say about Theatre Goers when these brilliant shows close early and We Will Rock You goes on and on....sad
does this say - Thom||22 May 09|
|What a joke! The first breakthrough musical in years to get a chance on the West End and it closes because it can't sell as many tickets as all the other tripe that is on. Such a disappointment; the cast are so talented. - Paul||18 May 09|
|The core audience for this show is 14 to 21yr olds who since it opened at the Novello have been going through exams, mock exams and revision, in two weeks time 1000,s of these students will be able to have a social life again (i know as i am one), If only they could have kept it open for a few more weeks the future for this show could have been (possibly) so different!! "We will never Know" GUTTED! - P Marshall||17 May 09|
|Revised Spring Awakening Lyrics:
Well were f*cked alright
an early closing night
for a show that is really
out of sight
The Producers donít say
Canít get rich this way
But we know we know we know
Well their f*cked alright
And not planning too bright
Closing a show
with a long way to go
and they never say
I feel greedy today
but we know we know we know
(Those responsible for closing the show chorus) blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Its bitch of a living
SA did not run long
Itís a Bitch of a living
Producers have got it wrong
I donít do sadness
Not even a little bit
SA is closing now
Donít want any part of it
- Paula Casey||16 May 09|
|I can hardly believe it a show that has 14 x 5 star rating and is the best show in the West End closing. I am shocked, I have seen the show in the Lyric and last weekend at the Novello it was absolutely amazing. All those young exceptionally talented stars deserve better than this. They have worked hard and the show is a must see, Well now I must sadly say was a must see. I was going back to see it in the summer and then take a large crowd of family and friends on the last night which was scheduled for the Autumn. There are many disappointed people I have had to tell this will no longer be the case.With the summer coming and the tourist visiting.. all heading for London, young people out of school, college and Uni for their summer break I am certain many people would have booked to go to this show. What are the producers thinking!!!! The show has only been running for a short period in the Novello and it hasnt been given the chance is deserves. I could go on and on about the amazing cast who will most certainly be seen doing great things in the future, but Spring Awakening should be seen, should be allowed to continue to run for longer. It will stay in my memory as a wonderful sad, happy, funny,enlighting and uplifting show that I have ever seen. Thank god I got the opportunity to see it and I am saddend for those who will never get the chance to see it now......... Look at America all you Spring Awakening producers it was a success there and the English version of the show is phenominal it WAS to be a success here, have you given it enough time I ask you......
Paula Casey - Paula Casey||16 May 09|
|I saw this amazing, mind blowing show and cast at the Lyric and again at the Novello, trying to get one last ticket for the final week. We all wish the entire UK cast well,and hope you all have a fantastic future, your talent and the music score are wedged in my mind...Very sad you are leaving. x - Pip Wheelwright||15 May 09|
|It was an amazing musical, so sad that not enough people were interested in seeing it :( - James||14 May 09|
|Terrible news, presumably Jade Goody the musical needed the space. - Alex O||14 May 09|
|Saw this show and thought the music and performances were superb. Can't believe this is closing compared to some of the rubbish in the West End. - V McCusker||13 May 09|
|Dreadful news. This is a terrific show. It deserves better. - Fred||13 May 09|
|This is so sad; not only is this the most exciting and innovative thing to hit the West End in years, this news is worrying in terms of the state of commercial musical theatre in London. - ajh||13 May 09|
|This is incredibly sad; not only it this one of the most exciting and original thing to hit the West End in ages, it bodes badly for commercial musical theatre in London. - ajh||13 May 09|
|Spring Awakening has the same fate as The Drowsey Chaperone. Terribly sad to see another show at the Novello Theatre closing before the audience finds it. - Stuart McConnachie||13 May 09|
|I saw this on Broadway last year with most of the original cast, and had booked onstage seats for the 10th june. I am absolutely gutted. I was taking with me my friend who I had converted to being a fan. I was really, really looking forward to seeing the London cast. I am so so gutted right now! - Lauren||13 May 09|
|I bought tickets for mid-June! Certainly didn't expect this to happen. - Jess||13 May 09|
|Dreadful news because it was the best musical I had seen for 20 years in the West End. Without the coach parties there is no future for any West End musical. - Mark||13 May 09|
|So sad. It will be a huge hole in my life. Can't believe it. It was so good as well! :'( - Kat||12 May 09|
|What a disappointment. I invested in it because I thought the show and the performers were tremendous. It deserves better!
- Jon||12 May 09|
|So upsetting that this amazing piece of ART has to close while so much rubbish is still surviving! Thank you for bringing it to the West End anyway. - Mr Hewitt||12 May 09|
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