Ain’t Too Proud to close at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre

Broadway-to-West End transfer Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations has posted early closing notices at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

The show had originally been booking to 1 October 2023, before announcing in May an extension to 7 January 2024.

That extension is now being reversed, with a final closing date for the show of 17 September 2023.

Ticket holders for dates after 17 September will be contacted by their ticket supplier.

It’s unclear what show will be put into the Delfont Mackintosh-owned Prince Edward Theatre before MJ The Musical starts its run at the venue on 6 March 2024.

Ain’t Too Proud stars Cameron Bernard Jones as Melvin Franklin, Kyle Cox as Paul Williams, Sifiso Mazibuko as Otis Williams, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as David Ruffin and Mitchell Zhangazha as Eddie Kendricks.

The cast also includes Evonnee Bentley-Holder, Natalia Brown, Ryan Carter, Hannah Fairclough, Christopher Gopaul, Daniel Haswell, Naomi Katiyo, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Holly Liburd, Darnell Mathew-James, Simeon Montague, Posi Morakinyo, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Michael James Stewart, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Dylan Turner and Kevin Yates.

Ain’t Too Proud won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, and follows the remarkable journey of The Temptations – from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Their story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s Grammy Award-winning music, including their hits My Girl, Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, Get Ready, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg and many more.

The musical received solid reviews when it opened in March 2023, with the Telegraph giving it four stars and hailing it as “impeccably choreographed, beautifully staged and exquisitely sung.”

The show has a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, and reunites two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff, with Tony and Olivier Award winning choreographer Sergio Trujilio, following their success on Jersey Boys.

Other members of the creative team include Scenic Design by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill with Costume Design by Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell. Tony Award winning Lighting Designer Howell Binkley and Tony Award winning Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy united once again following their success working together on Jersey Boys. Projection Design is by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, Hair and Wig Design by Charles G. LaPointe. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Kenny Seymour, Orchestrations by Drama Desk Award winner Harold Wheeler, Music Direction by Matt Smith and Casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.

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📷 Main photo: AIN'T TOO PROUD. The Temptations. Photo Johan Persson

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1 thought on “Ain’t Too Proud to close at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre”

  1. ‘ Aint Too Proud ‘ wonderful musical in every way we absolutely LOVED IT we all stood up at the end of the show and clapped cheered and showed how much we all enjoyed it everyone we know wo went to see it enjoyed it loved everything about it I bought tickets for our daughter and she went to see it with a friend tonight 1t sept she phoned me after the show and said it was fantastic and thanked us for the tickets she knew the music as we played it all at home we were huge Tamla Mowtown fans . I dont know why it is closing early it is a shame

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