Music & Lyrics Productions has announced that its touring production of Doctor Dolittle, starring Mark Williams, will close at the end of its run at the New Theatre, Oxford, on Saturday 26 January 2019. It had been planned to tour the UK and Ireland until November 2019. The company has cited lower than anticipated advance ticket sales for the reason to cancel the tour.
Chair of Music & Lyrics, Robert Sanderson, said in a statement:
“Music & Lyrics was established to create work of scale and imagination for regional presenting venues and over eight years it has met with a high degree of success. On this occasion, Doctor Dolittle has not secured the same degree of support and, sadly, members of the consortium have had no alternative but to foreshorten the planned tour.
“I would like to thank all those involved in creating this breathtaking production, which has been enjoyed by audiences and critics alike. There is still time to see the production in Oxford between 15 and 26 January.”
Members of the public who have purchased tickets for venues across the tour should contact their venue to arrange refunds.
Alongside Mark Williams in the tour of Leslie Bricusse’s Doctor Dolittle, directed by Christopher Renshaw, are cast members Adele Anderson, Vicky Entwistle, Brian Capron, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan. Theatre Mates reviewer Kristy Stott wrote that it was “a production which is completely crafted out of love”.