GUYS AND DOLLS has posted closing notices at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre for 21 August 2016, ahead of plans for an international tour. It had been booking in London until 7 January 2017.
Producers issued the following statement to MyTheatreMates:
“Having enjoyed rave reviews in the UK, the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of GUYS AND DOLLS will play its final performance in the West End on Sunday 21st August, prior to embarking on an international tour. We are incredibly proud of GUYS AND DOLLS and the way it has delighted audiences at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End (Savoy and Phoenix), and at numerous major UK venues. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the show to date and very much look forward to taking GUYS AND DOLLS to an international audience, opening in Israel in September this year.”
The cast at the Phoenix Theatre currently features Hollywood’s Rebel Wilson as Miss Adelaide, Simon Lipkin as Nathan Detroit, Oliver Tompsett as Sky Masterson, Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown and Olivier nominee Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson.
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America. This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers including ‘My Time of Day’, ‘Luck be a Lady’ and the show-stopping ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’.
Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain. Following its initial run at Chichester Festival, the production toured extensively then transferred to the West End’s Savoy Theatre and on to the Phoenix Theatre this year.