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Extension for Mormon as Half A Sixpence and Carole King Musical Announce Closures

Sunday, 28th May 2017

The Book of Mormon - Prince of Wales Theatre

Once again it’s time to take a look at the shows either extending their runs in the capital or bringing them to an end, with the focus this week being on The Book of Mormon, which extends to mid-August, and both Half a Sixpence and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical coming to a close in September and August respectively.

The Book Of Mormon is arguably one of the most popular musicals in the capital, having earned awards, admiration and big crowds since it opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. It tells the story of Mormon missionaries attempting to spread the word of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the people of Uganda. But the people there have plenty of bigger issues with which to deal than religion.

The comedy from South Park’s Trey Parker & Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez is now booking at the Prince of Wales Theatre for performances up to Saturday 19th August 2017.

Meanwhile, Half A Sixpence is a more recent addition to the West End, having opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2016. It features Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps, the man who finds himself in a new world when he inherits a lot of money, leading to two women loving him, Ann Pornick (Devon-Elise Johnson) from his old life and Helen Walsingham (Emma Williams) from his new one.

The musical from Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (working from the original show by David Heneker and Beverley Cross) is set to close its doors at the Noël Coward Theatre on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Finally, the most recent of these announcements comes from Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, which opened at the Aldwych Theatre in 2015.

Like many of the capital’s shows, this is a jukebox musical that celebrates the career of a famous recording artist. In this case it is the titular Carole King in the spotlight as a range of her hit songs are performed onstage.

The production has now announced that it will close its doors after more than two years in the capital, with an end-date of Saturday 5th August 2017 before heading out on a UK tour.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.