New West End musical Loserville has announced that it will end its run at the Garrick theatre on 5 January.
The Elliot Davis and James Bourne-penned musical, which opened in the West End last month following its premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June, was originally booking at the Garrick theatre until March 2013.
Inspired by the 2005 album Welcome To Loserville, which Bourne recorded with his band Son Of Dork, Loserville tells the story of computer geek Michael Dork and his misfit friends Lucas, Marvin and Francis who are about to change the world. When new girl Holly arrives in town, all of Michael’s dreams seem to be coming true but when rich kid Eddie discovers Holly’s dark secret, he turns his back on girlfriend Leia, and sets out to ruin Michael’s future dreams.
Directed by Steven Dexter, the geek-loving musical features a cast including Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett, Stewart Clarke, Charlotte Harwood, Richard Lowe, Lil’ Chris and Daniel Buckley, who were described by the Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings as “bubbl[ing] over with enthusiasm” when the show opened in the West End last month.
Talking about the closure, producers Teresa and Craig Beech said: “We are incredibly proud of Loserville. The creative team worked tirelessly to deliver an imaginative show, full of heart, which is fun for the whole family. Our young cast are immensely talented, energetic, passionate, and dedicated, delivering vibrant performances every single show. Our exceptional band consistently rocks the house. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have them all.”
Though Loserville’s run in the West End is soon to draw to a close, the duo maintain that the musical has a future life, saying: “There has been quite a bit of interest expressed in the show from abroad, and we are currently in negotiations for our first overseas production, the first of, what we hope are, many to come.”