Jerry Springer to Close in London Feb. 19; Tour to Follow

News   Jerry Springer to Close in London Feb. 19; Tour to Follow Jerry Springer – The Opera will shut up shop at the Cambridge Theatre on Feb. 19 after 609 performances. A nationwide tour will start in Manchester in October.
David Bedella in his Olivier-winning performance as Satan in Jerry Springer
David Bedella in his Olivier-winning performance as Satan in Jerry Springer Photo by Catherine Ashmore

The tour news may be to the dismay of the fundamentalist Christians who campaigned against the recent BBC television broadcast of the show for its perceived blasphemy and bad language (and have now announced their plans to sue the BBC). The show garnered major awards, including an Olivier and an Evening Standard Award during its time in London, where it premiered at the National (after try-outs at the Battersea Arts Centre) before moving to the Cambridge. According to a press release, it has been seen in the theatre by 398,000 people, and was watched by 2.4 million viewers on BBC 2.

It is not yet known whether the current cast, which includes David Soul as Springer and David Bedella as Satan, will play the tour. Nor has there yet been any announcement about a possible Broadway transfer, though discussions have been ongoing for some time.

After he pulled out of the London cast of The Producers, Richard Dreyfuss was approached with a view to playing the speaking role of Springer. It is not known whether he might now take the part for any New York staging.

A scene from <i>Jerry Springer </i>
A scene from Jerry Springer Photo by Catherine Ashmore
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