Richard Bean's NT Count of Monte Cristo postponedDate: 20 June 2012
The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard Bean's follow-up to the award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors, will not now be premiering at the National Theatre this Christmas. Bean's adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel was due to open in the Olivier Theatre on 27 November, but has been postponed until further notice.
A spokesperson for the National said that NT artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, and Bean “felt that the show would benefit from more development time, with a view to us being able to stage it at some point in the future. We are presently deciding what to produce in its place”.
Around 12,000 tickets had already been sold for the show. The NT has contacted all bookers via email to advise them that their tickets will be refunded.
The Count of Monte Cristo was to have been the NT directing debut of Timothy Sheader, artistic director at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.