Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cinderella will wrap in the West End next month, less than a year after its premiere.
The show, which is being staged at the Gillian Lynne Theater and has been hit by Covid-19-related outages from the start, will play its final performance on June 12, according to its website.
Last July, Lloyd Webber said he was determined to open Cinderella in London and, for the time being, ignored “siren voices” suggesting he move it to Broadway.
The show’s website says that anyone who has tickets booked after June 12 will not lose their money.
In the FAQ section of the website, in a question about bookings after June 12th, it says: “If you have booked directly through our website or LW Theatres, you will be contacted shortly to discuss your options, but don’t worry. , if you can’t make an alternative presentation, you won’t lose your money.
“As you can imagine, the box office staff is busy rescheduling everyone, so please do not contact them until they contact you.
“If you booked through a ticket agent, they will contact you in the next few days.”
The premiere of Cinderella took place in August of last year, having taken place the previous month, but postponed due to Covid isolation protocols.
The show opened with an audience capacity of 50% after the businessman rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s offer to have the show included in the coronavirus live event pilot scheme.
Then, in December, Cinderella was put on hold due to “Covid-related absences”, alongside London productions of the hit musicals Hamilton and The Lion King.
At the time, Lloyd Webber said it was “simply painful” to see the theater industry “decimated” by Omicron’s cancellations, adding that “nobody in government listens.”
He postponed Cinderella until 2022 “to avoid further disruption” as the number of Covid-19 cases surged across the country.
Written by The Crown star Emerald Fennell and starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, Cinderella is described as a “complete reinvention” of the classic fairy tale, and is based on an original idea by Fennell.