|Ramin Karimloo in Love Never Dies|
Love Never Dies Finishes Run at Adelphi, 27 Aug
Date: 17 June 2011Love Never Dies
, Andrew Lloyd Webber
's sequel to Phantom of the Opera
, will end its run at the West End's Adelphi Theatre on 27 August 2011. The production had previously been booking through to 14 January 2012.
The news comes soon after Love Never Dies, which opened in London on 3 March 2010 (previews from 20 February), opened its Australian production in Melbourne.
There had been reports that Lloyd Webber would work changes from the production, directed by New Zealander Simon Phillips, into the London show ahead of future international productions.
Having opened to mixed critical response Love Never Dies had previously taken four nights off last November to make changes, with a similar gap in performances scheduled for September this year.
Set in 1907, ten years after the conclusion of the original story, The Phantom has escaped to New York with Madame and Meg Giry and found success in the fairgrounds of Coney Island as a magician and entertainer. When he builds a new opera house, he persuades his old ingenue Christine Daae, now a huge star and married to her old flame Raoul, to sing for him once more.
The West End cast is led by Ramin Karimloo as the eponymous masked man with Celia Graham as his muse Christine.
The London production was originally directed by Jack O'Brien with Bill Kenwright credited with having anonymously tweaked the show last year. The production is designed by Bob Crowley and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
Productions reportedly considered for the theatre include a West End revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 Broadway musical Camelot, with a cast led by Robert Lindsay.
However, it looks more likely that the National Theatre's hit One Man, Two Guvnors will make a previously tipped West End transfer to the theatre follow its tour. Richard Bean's adaptation of Servant of Two Masters starring James Corden tours to Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh following its run in the NT Lyttleton.
- by Andrew Girvan
|So disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing this musical later this year. - Sandra||02 Aug 12|
|MISS SAIGON!!!??!!!!..PLEASE!!!..BUT..I do REALLY LIKE "Love Never Dies".. - MIke Shoesmith||14 Aug 11|
|Well how sad is this--probably along with Wicked, one of the best shows in the West End and I can not believe that it is closing when other productions go on forever like The Woman in Black and Mousetrap which is so dated. Personally, as much as I loved The original Phantom, I think Love Never Dies was better. Have seen it twice and booked to see it again before it closes.. I think there seems to be a sort of jealousy against Lord Webber and the critics I think in general were most unjust with their reviews on this show. The staging is brilliant and the songs beautiful and all perfectly executed by a superb cast. A great shame it is closing. I have been going to the theatre regularly for over 45 years and in recent years go about 4 to 5 times a month and this show has been one of my highlights. Well done Lord Webber regardless what anyone else thinks and I think real theatre goes should take no notice of the critics and see the shows for themselves as I have enjoyed most productions that critics have slated. - Joe Spiteri||22 Jun 11|
|***DO NOT CLOSE LOVE NEVER DIES WEST END PRODUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*** PLLLLEEEAASSSEEE!!!!! :'( - Stephanie||21 Jun 11|
|Noooooo, this is truely tragic. I loved this production and so much hard work was put in by all. Its a sad day for musical theatre. :( - SammyD||21 Jun 11|
|Good riddance! May this embarrassment be quickly forgotten. - David||19 Jun 11|
|Megalomania is a psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence. 'Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs' - Coral||18 Jun 11|
|So love does die then. Bring back Children Of Eden, Bernadette, Carrie, all is forgiven.
- Faz||17 Jun 11|
|Who's 'James Cordon'? - j||17 Jun 11|
|But it's still booking through till the 14th January on the website. If they were closing in August it wouldn't still be open would it? - Kirsty||17 Jun 11|
|Leaves the theatre free for Chicago to head back...? - Gareth||17 Jun 11|
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