Love Never Dies Set to Close at the Adelphi Theatre
The Sequel to the Phantom of the Opera Fails to Live up to its Predecessor
Last month it was reported that the production of “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre was in some trouble behind the scenes. As the show was not recouping the production costs that had been provided by investors there was talk of closing it early and opening a replacement production of “Camelot” in its place.
Though “Camelot” has not been confirmed as a replacement it has been confirmed that “Love Never Dies” will close its doors at the end of August 2011.
The show never managed to light up the crowds in the way that producers – including Andrew Lloyd Webber – had hoped with the critics providing a mixed response. The production then closed its doors briefly in November so that it could be reworked, opening once again to an improved – but still a far cry from “The Phantom of the Opera” – response.
There was uncertainty last month as to whether the Australian production of “Love Never Dies” would save the one in the West End. The show opened in Melbourne recently and received positive reviews with further revamps that producers hoped could follow it through to London. The show even managed to land nominations for Laurence Olivier Awards earlier this year so it shows that there was always hope in the production.
“Love Never Dies” focuses on Christine Daaé (Celia Graham) many years after the events of the first “The Phantom of the Opera”. Christine is now married to the first show’s love interest Raoul and together they have a son called Gustave, but when she receives an invitation to perform in Coney Island in New York she leaves her home in Paris to appear in this high profile location on the rise. But unknown to her, there’s a mysterious figure from her past behind the invite and he has never stopped loving Christine.
But whilst it’s a bad year for “Love Never Dies”, all eyes in the London theatre world will remain on “The Phantom of the Opera” as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in the West End.
Love Never Dies remains at the Adelphi Theatre and will close its doors on Saturday 27th August 2011 (instead of the previously advertised Saturday 14th January 2012).