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I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical – Closing at the London Palladium

Sunday, 4th May 2014  

The High Profile Musical from Harry Hill Ends After Two Months Despite Booking to October

It garnered a lot of attention when it was announced last year and when it opened at the London Palladium in February but now it looks like Harry Hill’s X-Factor musical I Can’t Sing! is going to be closing early at its West End home. The show was due to continue at the venue until October but it is now going to close its doors for the final time in May, with audiences advised to contact their point of sale if they have already purchased theatre tickets for dates past this.

I Can’t Sing! is an affectionate look at the ITV institution and features the character of Chenice, a young girl who finds herself catapulted to stardom. She has never heard of The X-Factor before – her father’s iron lung preventing her family from receiving television signal – and so she has no idea what she is in for when she accidentally joins the queue for auditions. But the judges love her and pretty soon her life is going to change.

The cast includes Cynthia Erivo as Chenice alongside performers Charlie Baker, Victoria Elliot, Nigel Harman, Ashley Knight and Alan Morrissey.

Though other shows had featured a talent contest angle – most famously the short-lived Spice Girls musical Viva Forever – I Can’t Sing! was the first musical to be fully based on the popular ITV television series. But with Harry Hill’s input, the show naturally made light of the show, albeit in an affectionate way, and the result has been something that audiences have called surreal. Critics were largely positive about the production for these reasons.

Harry Hill, of course, is a well known comedian who is perhaps best known to modern audiences for presenting Harry Hill’s TV Burp for over ten years. He has also worked for shows like Harry Hill, You’ve Been Framed and Harry Hill’s Shark Infested Custard, in addition to appearing in 2013’s The Harry Hill Movie.

Whilst I Can’t Sing! ends, plenty of shows have recently announced extensions, so audiences can still expect to pick up tickets for the likes of Jersey Boys and Matilda The Musical. However, if they wish to see Harry Hill’s high profile project then they have until Saturday 10th May 2014 to head to the London Palladium.