Curtains for West End run of Full Monty

The Full Monty at Sheffield Lyceum.
The Full Monty at Sheffield Lyceum.
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The curtain has come down on the West End version of The Full Monty – more than two months earlier than planned.

Producers of the Sheffield-made show, which opened to critical acclaim in the capital in February, have blamed poor ticket sales for the decision to cut short its run.

The play, adapted from the 1997 film about the steelworkers of the city, debuted at Sheffield Lyceum in February.

Since being taken to the capital it has been nominated for an Olivier Award for best new comedy and received glowing reviews.

It was due to run at the Noel Coward Theatre until June 14, but this week the production became the latest casualty in a number of shows which have been axed prematurely.

A statement released by producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers said: “It is with great sadness this show will close despite having played to packed houses on its UK tour.

“Simply not enough of a West End audience shared in the excitement of this terrific production.”

Dan Bates, Sheffield Theatres chief executive, said he was ‘disappointed’.

The UK tour of the show, due to start in September, will still go ahead.