Rock of Ages closes at Shaftesbury on 6 Jan ahead of transferDate: 4 October 2012
Rock of Ages is closing at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 6 January 2013 ahead of a move to another, yet-to-be-confirmed West End venue, Whatsonstage.com can confirm.
The Broadway import, which opened at the Shaftesbury on 28 September 2011 (previews from 31 August), features a compendium of rock songs including "Don’t Stop Believin’", "We Built This City", "The Final Countdown", "Here I Go Again" and "Can’t Fight This Feeling".
Its replacement at the Shaftesbury is due to be confirmed imminently, while its new home - speculated to be the Duchess - will be announced in the coming weeks.
The West End cast originally featured X Factor winner Shayne Ward and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins, both of whom are no longer with the show. The current cast features Tim Howar, Ross Hunter, Daniel Fletcher, Natalie Andreou and Simon Lipkin.
Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip and billed as an “arena-rock love story”, Rock of Ages centres on Drew, a busboy and aspiring rocker who chases his dreams to Los Angeles’ most famous rock club, where he meets a small-town girl newly arrived from Kansas, named Sherrie.
Simon Lipkin and the cast of Rock of Ages
The musical, which has a book by Chris D'Arienzo, premiered in LA in 2006. It opened Off-Broadway in October 2008, before transferring to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinston Theater in April 2009 and, subsequently, the Helen Hayes Theater.
Rock of Ages was recently made into a film, starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin.
The Rock of Ages cast have been informed of its closure at the Shaftesbury, a spokesperson confirmed. Possible replacements at the venue include Burn the Floor, From Here to Eternity, Finding Neverland and fellow Broadway import Memphis.