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Love Never Dies Finishes Run at Adelphi, 27 Aug

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Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to Phantom of the Opera, will end its run at the West End's Adelphi Theatre on 27 August 2011. The production had previously been booking through to 14 January 2012.

The news comes soon after Love Never Dies, which opened in London on 3 March 2010 (previews from 20 February), opened its Australian production in Melbourne.

There had been reports that Lloyd Webber would work changes from the production, directed by New Zealander Simon Phillips, into the London show ahead of future international productions.

Having opened to mixed critical response Love Never Dies had previously taken four nights off last November to make changes, with a similar gap in performances scheduled for September this year.

Set in 1907, ten years after the conclusion of the original story, The Phantom has escaped to New York with Madame and Meg Giry and found success in the fairgrounds of Coney Island as a magician and entertainer. When he builds a new opera house, he persuades his old ingenue Christine Daae, now a huge star and married to her old flame Raoul, to sing for him once more.

The West End cast is led by Ramin Karimloo as the eponymous masked man with Celia Graham as his muse Christine.

The London production was originally directed by Jack O'Brien with Bill Kenwright credited with having anonymously tweaked the show last year. The production is designed by Bob Crowley and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Productions reportedly considered for the theatre include a West End revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1960 Broadway musical Camelot, with a cast led by Robert Lindsay.

However, it looks more likely that the National Theatre's hit One Man, Two Guvnors will make a previously tipped West End transfer to the theatre follow its tour. Richard Bean's adaptation of Servant of Two Masters starring James Corden tours to Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh following its run in the NT Lyttleton.


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