London composer and theater owner Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera) informed cast and creatives on Sunday that his Cinderella The musical will end at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, Covent Garden, London on June 12 after a troubled run of less than a year.
The show is still heading to Broadway in 2023. However, Lloyd Webber and his creative team plan to revamp all aspects of the production before it gets there.
Cinderella, which opened last July, suffered crushing losses unhelped by delayed openings and a temporary halt in performance last summer. There were delays over the cast testing positive for Covid, as well as when Lloyd Webber and his team revamped the show. There were also concerns behind the scenes with complaints from some cast members who felt they had not been treated fairly by management.
The cast heard the news of the closure before going on stage for tonight’s performance.
Management wrote this evening to the “Dear Cinderella Family”:
It is with regret that we write to inform you that the Really Useful Group’s production of Cinderella will perform its final performance at the Gillian Lynne Theater on Sunday June 12th.
As Andrew himself commented today, Cinderella “led the charge to reopen the West End, ensuring theater and live entertainment remained relevant and in the news. While mounting a new show in the midst of COVID has been an incredible challenge, we’ve held the government’s feet in flames throughout their changing of minds during the pandemic…’
As some of you already know, we have just informed the creative/production teams, cast, crew and band and a statement will be released soon in the press and on social media. Andrew and the teams at RUG and Green Light Stage would like to express our immense gratitude to everyone involved in the production and deep sadness to be out much sooner than we deserve. RUG and GLS are available tomorrow and beyond to discuss further details if needed.
Thank you for your immeasurable contribution to the show. We should all be very proud of Cinderella and all that we’ve accomplished together, and we can’t wait for our paths to cross again before too long.
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