Shout!, the Sixties jukebox musical starring Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard , has posted early closing notices at the Arts Theatre. It opened in the West End on 29 April 2009 (previews from 17 April) and had been booking to 28 June (See 1st Night Photos, 1 May 2009). It will now close on 31 May after a month’s run.

In Shout!, five hip women and one lucky man twist and shout, shimmy and shake as they embark on a journey through the Swinging Sixties and more than 30 hits from the era including “Downtown”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “I Only Wanna Be With You”, “To Sir With Love” and “These Boots Are Made for Walking”.

Shout! is based on an original idea by Phillip George and David Lowenstein and adapted for UK audiences by Julie Balloo. It’s directed and choreographed by Bill Deamer. First seen in this country at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in 2001, when it was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award, it launched a major regional tour last year.

Pollard, who plays the girls’ mentor Vonnie, is joined in the cast by Marissa Dunlop, Tiffany Graves, Shona White, John Jack, Jessica Kirton and Francesca Newitt. The production is designed by Morgan Large.

No further productions have yet been announced for the Arts.

- by Terri Paddock