I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical to close at the London Palladium

I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical is to close early at the London Palladium.

I Can't Sing! at the London Palladium
I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium

Harry Hill’s musical spoof of TV talent show The X Factor is to close at the London Palladium.

The cast were told on Saturday that the show would close in two weeks time, on 10 May 2014.

I Can’t Sing! is produced by Stage Entertainment UK, the British arm of the worldwide musical production group responsible for shows including the forthcoming musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, Sister Act and Singin’ in the Rain.

In a heartfelt statement from Stage Entertainment UK’s chief executive Rebecca Quigley, she said: “We are sad to be bringing I Can’t Sing! to a close but are immensely proud to have co-produced the show. 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. 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.”

The comedy musical which parodied The X Factor TV show, is written by Harry Hill with music and additional lyrics by Steve Brown. The show is directed by Sean Foley, choreographed by Kate Prince and designed by Es Devlin.

The show went into previews on 5 March 2014 at the London Palladium, and officially opened on 26 March. Reviews were mixed for the show with Charles Spencer in the Telegraph enjoying it as “wildly eccentric and often wonderfully funny”, but Michael Billington in the Guardian less sure, saying that it was “uneasily pitched between send-up and celebration”.

The show stars Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell, alongside Ashley Knight as Louis, Victoria Elliot as Jordy, Cynthia Erivo as Chenice and Alan Morrissey as Max.

I Can’t Sing! follows another short-lived attempt to set a musical against a TV talent show setting – Viva Forever!, based on the music of the Spice Girls, which had a longer run in the West End at  seven months, but was largely considered a box office and critical failure.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment company, who was also a co-producer of the show, said in a statement that: “Alongside Stage Entertainment we’d like to thank the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this show. To everyone at Really Useful Theatres and the ever-supportive staff at the London Palladium, and everyone involved in I Can’t Sing!, I’d like to say a huge thanks and the very best of luck with their next venture.”

Anyone who has purchased tickets for the show for performances after 10 May 2014 should contact their original point of purchase.


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