Producers of the current UK tour of Annie Get Your Gun, have announced the tour will now end prematurely due to poor ticket sales. Irving Berlin’s Broadway classic started its major UK-wide tour at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on 26 August 2005 and was set to continue well into the new year. The tour will now finish in Plymouth on 10 December 2005.

The original 1946 production of Berlin’s musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun, starred Ethel Merman as hillbilly Annie Oakley, who joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and falls in love with a fellow shooting ace. The show was made into a 1950 film with Betty Hutton and Howard Keel in the leading roles.

Rebecca Thornhill, whose West End credits include Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, and Singin’ in the Rain at the National, stars as Annie in the new tour, which is based on the 1999 Broadway revival that starred Bernadette Peters and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Thornhill stars alongside Charles Lawson and Steven Houghton.

The production is directed by Timothy Sheader and presented by Mark Goucher Limited, Adam Kenwright Productions and Wimbledon Theatre Productions. A spokesman for the show said: “Despite being well received by the critics, the 2005 autumn tour of Annie Get Your Gun has had extremely disappointing sales. The tour will therefore end on 10 December 2005.”

- by Caroline Ansdell