Richard Cameron's The Glee Club will close more than four months early in the West End. The critically acclaimed play transferred to the Duchess Theatre last month after an extended sell-out season at the fringe Bush Theatre in west London's Shepherd's Bush. It opened at the Duchess on 22 April, following previews from 17 April 2002, and had been booking up to 12 October. It will now close on 1 June.

Set in 1962, The Glee Club follows an amateur singing group - made up of five hard-working, hard-drinking miners and a church organist - who are preparing for a gala while also coming to terms with the implications of local gossip and their lives' disappointments.

The cast are David Bamber, James Hornby, Oliver Jackson, Shaun Prendergast, David Schofield and Roderick Smith. Bush artistic director Mike Bradwell directs, with designs by Bruce Macadie, with lighting by Rick Fisher and musical direction by Mia Soteriou.

The Glee Club premiered at the Bush in February 2002, kicking off the theatre's 30 anniversary season, which currently continues with Mike Packer's Euro 2000-inspired A Carpet, A Pony and A Monkey, also directed by Bradwell.

- by Terri Paddock