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West End X-travaganza I Can’t Sing to wrap early

By | Published on Tuesday 29 April 2014


‘I Can’t Sing’, Harry Hill et al’s all-singing, all-dancing stage satire of ‘The X-Factor’, is to close early – very early – in the West End.

The costly £6 million show, which had its (delayed by set technicalities) premiere in early March, will wrap on 10 May following a pretty miserable six week stay at the London Palladium. Despite the show having received mainly fair and ‘so-so’ (ie not ‘Viva Forever!’-style horrific) reviews, the Palladium Theatre was selling tickets for prime seats at prices as low as £20.

Which led to much speculation in recent weeks that the show would be axed pretty quickly. Meanwhile one source close to the production told CMU that advance ticket sales fell far below what would be expected of a West End production with this budget, putting everyone on edge, and then failed to pick up once the show had opened.

Confirming its demise, Rebecca Quigley of the musical’s co-makers, Stage Entertainment, said: “The West End can be an unpredictable place as the closure of a number of high-profile productions recently has shown. ‘I Can’t Sing!’ has had audiences on their feet night after night, four and five star reviews from the critics and an amazing company and creative team, but it seems that isn’t always enough”.