Love Never Dies to, erm, die
Saturday, 18 June 2011theatre News
The sequel to the iconic musical Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, will close later this year following falling ticket sales at the Adelphi Theatre.
Love Never Dies, the sequel to the popular West End musical Phantom of the Opera, is to close later this year, following a poor performance at the box office.
The show, which has been running at the Adelphi Theatre for just a year, will end on the 27th August, despite it being rewritten in the hope that it improved on the original.
The show's writer, Andrew Lloyd-Webber claimed that the failure of the musical was attributed to the lack of attention that it was given during production due to being treated for cancer. Speaking about the closure, he said, 'With hindsight we should have said, 'Let's put the whole thing on hold until I'm 100% again'. Frankly, I wasn't feeling very well'.
Despite the poor reception from both critics and audiences, the show was nominated for seven Laurence Olivier awards earlier this year, following a four-night closure to re-order and restructure the songs and lyrics. However, it left the award ceremony empty-handed.
Following the March 2010 opening of the show at The Adelphi Theatre, the musical has never recovered from the widely-circulated moniker, 'Paint Never Dries'.
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