By now I’m sure the management of Love Never Dies have had the courtesy to inform the company that the show will be leaving London’s Adelphi theatre as of August 27 this year. It seems that the news first broke in Baz Bamigboye’s Daily Mail column and then spread rapidly via Twitter, with the Phantom himself initially unable to confirm or deny the story. This isn’t the first time that a show’s notice has seemingly bypassed those involved at ground level and been published to Joe Public before the cast are given so much as a “That’s all folks!” from producers — and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Contractually, Equity allows a much shorter notice for closure, so there’s some small joy that those at the Adelphi will enjoy a further 9 or so weeks of Andrew’s mishandled sequel. But shouldn’t we really be trying to avoid these awkward communication slips? This industry is knowingly small — to upset an entire cast is something I really think could and should have been avoided, especially as they have been rehearsing like madmen right from opening night.
Up the road, those lovely folk at Priscilla have been given their unofficial six-month notice, having been informed by the producers “of the likelihood that the show would end its three-year run in the West End at the end of 2011”. Along with Chicago at the Cambridge theatre, that’s three RUG houses bidding farewell to big shows within months of each other.