When a show comes to an end – as Half A Sixpence did this weekend in the West End – it is often a challenging time.
Every show I choreograph I put my heart and soul into. They take the role of children in my life. You nurture them, aid them and eventually have to let them go. This I always struggle with.
Cameron Mackintosh offered me Half A Sixpence about eight months before rehearsals began. For all that time, I carried with me ideas, researched for hours and began the mighty journey of creating a new production. A production I adored, every one of us filled the rehearsal room with love and joy which I think you can see when watching the show.
The show has been a dream job. I want to thank Cameron, Chichester Festival Theatre and you the public who have embraced our show and shown it and all involved so much love and kindness.
When the final curtain fell on Half A Sixpence, it had played 347 performances in the West End, and at every performance, the support from the public has been overwhelming. Even a constant commentary from a certain publication did not stop us. We are resilient folk but hurtful attacks still penetrate.
After the final performance, a building full of actors, musicians, dressers and stage management all started that dreaded search for a new job. One must remember just how many people are affected by a show closing. We all feel the hurt.