The West End revival of Denise Deegan's Daisy Pulls It Off at the Lyric Theatre will close earlier than expected on June 8. Despite opening to good reviews, the show will run for only seven weeks; the original 1983 production ran for some three years in the West End.
Daisy Pulls It Off is a spoof of 1920's girls' stories. Daisy is the girl from a working-class family who has won a scholarship to Grangewood School for girls, but has to battle against her upper-crust peers to stay in the school and on the hockey team.
The play has a large cast of relative unknowns, reflecting the original, early 1980's production, which was an ensemble piece. Then, as now, the producer is Andrew Lloyd Webber, making a rare foray into non-musical theatre, though this time co-producing with David Ian of Clear Channel. The original director, David Gilmore, also directed this revival.