After an impressive 24 years, Blood Brothers is set to close on 10 November 2012
It is with deep regret that we announce that long running musical ‘Blood Brothers’ is set to close in the West End, after a record breaking 24 years. The show, currently running at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, as well as a successful UK tour, has apparently just been ‘breaking even’ and has suffered with the recent downfall of tourists in the West End due to the Olympics.
According to online news reports, the reason the show has closed is due to an agreement between theatre producer Bill Kenwright and owner of the venue Ambassadors Theatre Group. The show has been a staple in the West End for so many years, and it is sad that this has suddenly come to an end. Unlike many shows that end, the notice period has been relatively short, with cast and crew given notices last Saturday. People took to Twitter straight away to discuss the closure, and after a weekend of rumours it took until yesterday for the producers to address the situation and make an official announcement.
Although it was originally thought that Blood Brothers would replace the now closed production of Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre (another BK production) this has not been confirmed. With both Kenwright shows now out of the West End, all eyes are on the theatre producer to see what his next move will be.
Blood Brothers joins the ‘bloodbath’ of the West End that has seen many popular shows shut up shop. Chicago, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Ghost are three popular musicals that are all closing at the beginning of this season. With larger musicals such as The Book of Mormon, Viva Forever and The Bodyguard arriving in the West End from November, the face of London Theatre is quickly changing.
Rumours have been flying about which show will take over both theatres. It is thought that a successful Broadway production such as ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ or the Tony Award winning ‘Once’ are looking at the Playhouse and the Phoenix respectively.