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I Can’t Sing! to close in May

First Published 28 April 2014, Last Updated 28 April 2014

Harry Hill’s surreal musical hit I Can’t Sing! will end its run at the London Palladium on 10 May following just over two months in the West End.

The musical comedy, which offers an affection poke at the ITV talent show, was originally booking until 25 October.

Talking about the show’s imminent closure, Rebecca Quigley, CEO of the show’s producing company 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.”

The show opened at the London Palladium on 26 March after three weeks of previews. The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer described the musical as “a big popular hit blessed with real heart and great theatrical panache”, while the Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings dubbed it “a cheekily surreal and anarchic piece of entertainment, keenly aware of its own tackiness and triviality”.

Written by Hill and Steve Brown with direction from Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! goes behind the microphone and under the judge’s desk to reveal the story of a talented young hopeful, a singing hunchback and a talking dog.

The production boasts a leading cast that sees Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Victoria Elliott and Ashley Knight take to the judges’ chairs to give their opinions of talented musical theatre stars including Cynthia Erivo, Charlie Baker and Alan Morrissey, who play the show’s eccentric contestants.

Quigley concluded her statement by saying: “To open any big musical, and particularly a brand new British musical comedy at the London Palladium, is no mean feat and hundreds of dedicated people have played a part in bringing this unique and wonderful show to the stage. I thank every one of those people and the audiences who have come to see the production.”

Individuals with tickets for performances after 10 May are advised to contact their point of purchase.


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