Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cinderella will close in the West End just under a year after opening

“Cheerio, ciao ciao, for now…” Cinderella and Prince Sebastian sing to one another, but these words became all the more pertinent last weekend when it was announced that Cinderella will close after less than a year of performances.

Leah Graham
17th May 2022
Image credit: @ALWCinderella on Twitter

In a statement by Lloyd Webber, it was announced the show will unexpectedly close on June 12th, following a turbulent run. Many took to social media to criticise the decision, as the cast and crew were only made aware thirty minutes before the news was made public.

It is not the first time Cinderella has made headlines unfavourably.

Lead actress Carrie Hope Fletcher, who was not present at the theatre, stated in now-deleted posts on Twitter that she learned the news via castmates. Summer Strallen, who had been due to join the cast, stated on an Instagram Live that she saw the news via social media despite being in a wig fitting for her role just days prior.

A spokesperson for Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group asserted that all those involved with the production were made aware of the news before it was made public, though other upcoming cast members Luke Latchman and Daisy Twells maintained that they had not been notified.

The reason for the show’s closure has not been given, though it was expected to continue at the Gillian Lynne theatre for at least another year whilst Broadway previews began in America. Many leading cast members were expected to depart during an upcoming cast change, with Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cinderella, Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian and Rebecca Trehearn as The Queen all set to be recast.

It is not the first time Cinderella has made headlines unfavourably. Lloyd Webber stated his intentions to open Cinderella to full capacity during Covid restrictions last year, risking arrest to do so. Later in the year, New York Post theatre critic Johnny Oleksinski slated the production, leading to Lloyd Webber criticising the cast over a call from his holiday home minutes before they were due to go on stage.

Previews for the Broadway production of Cinderella are expected to begin in February 2023.

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