The West End was shell shocked last night at Andrew Lloyd Webber's decision to shut down his musical Cinderella in London after less than a year. The West End impresario is also denying claims that he announced the cancellation on Twitter prior to telling his staff.
Cast members of the show railed on social media against Lloyd Webber yesterday after he announced that Cinderella The Musical - which is currently showcasing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and has already suffered disruption due to Covid right from the start - is to close on June 12th.
In July last year, Lloyd Webber - whose previous musicals include Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Jesus Christ Superstar - ignored 'siren voices' suggesting that he moved the show to Broadway and said he was determined to open the show in London's West End, however, it has now emerged that the 74 year old composer is intending to relaunch the musical in Broadway, with previews beginning in February 2023.
Lloyd Webber now faces claims that he made the announcment to scrap the London production after less than a year without telling his staff but said in a statement yesterday: ''I am incredibly proud of Cinderella. Not only did it get some of the best reviews of my career, but we led the charge to reopen the West End, ensuring that theatre and live entertainment remained relevant and in the news. While mounting a new show in the midst of Covid has been an unbelievable challenge, we held the Government's feet to the flames throughout their changes of heart during the pandemic. Now, I am really excited to get to work putting together a new production with No Guarantees (Christine Schwarzman, President, Darren Johnston, Executive Vice President) for Broadway. Thank you very much to everyone involved, particularly our UK audiences who have loved and supported the show. See you next March on Broadway!''.
The official website for the show has reassured patrons who have already booked tickets for after June 12th who will receive a full refund. Anyone who has booked through a ticket agent or website such as Theatretickets-London.co.uk will be contacted within the next few days.'