Following Thriller and Waitress, 9 to 5 The Musical is the latest West End show to announce that it will not return once theatres do eventually reopen.
Opened at the Savoy Theatre in January 2019, originally for a limited run of just six months, the screen-to-stage musical, co-produced by the film’s star Dolly Parton, extended twice and had been due to finish on 23 May 2020 ahead of a new UK tour. But this week industry body The Society of London Theatre confirmed that, on government advice, the closure of venues, first enacted on Monday 16 March 2020, has now been extended until at least 31 May.
Update for West End ticket holders.
‘We’re now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government’
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— Official London Theatre (@london_theatre) April 6, 2020
9 to 5 The Musical executive producer Adam Speers commented today:
“On behalf of all the producers, we are so proud of the London cast and crew who have achieved so much. Co-writer Patricia Resnick, director Jeff Calhoun and the team at ATG Productions worked with Dolly and me to create a show so full of humour, energy and of course great songs! It filled the audiences with joy, at a time we all really needed it and will do so again. Theatre is all about bringing people together, and we are very excited to share the joy of 9 to 5 around the globe in 2021 and beyond.”
Since its West End premiere last year, 9 to 5 The Musical has been seen by over half a million people at over 450 performances. Such was public demand that a second production toured to 11 cities last autumn, running simultaneously with the West End production, and a cast recording was released.
Replica productions are planned for Australia and South Africa next year and beyond, with discussions underway for Canada and Asia.
The show in London was embraced by audiences and critics alike, receiving rave reviews for a cast that has included Louise Redknapp, Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Chelsea Halfpenny, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley and David Hasselhoff.
The 2020 UK tour has been scheduled to launch on 29 May 2020 from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, continuing until November. Further news about the tour – including potential postponements – will be announced in due course.
9 to 5 The Musical is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin Productions with Benjamin Lowy Productions, Glass Half Full Productions, Showtime Theatre Productions, Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Harmonia Holdings and Kilimanjaro Live.
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) April 8, 2020