London's Side by Side by Sondheim to Close Three Weeks Early

News   London's Side by Side by Sondheim to Close Three Weeks Early The London revival of Side by Side by Sondheim, a celebration of the works of Tony-winning composer Stephen Sondheim, will end its run at London's Venue Theatre three weeks earlier than originally announced.

Despite rave reviews, the revue has struggled at the box office. Originally scheduled to close July 14, the production will now end its run June 23. When it closes, the show — which officially opened May 1 after previews that began April 26 — will have played 4 previews and 62 regular performances.

Abbie Osman, Alasdair Harvey and Josie Walker co-star in Side by Side by Sondheim, which was produced by Melanie Herman and Neil Laidlaw. The show also features a cast of rotating narrators, including Les Dennis, Christopher Cazenove, Barry Cryer and Angela Rippon.

The revue boasts direction by Hannah Chissick and musical staging by Adam Cooper, who was Tony-nominated for his work in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

With original narration written by Ned Sherrin, the creative team also includes Michael Haslam (musical supervision), Bob Bailey (design) and Robert A. Jones (lighting design).

Side by Side by Sondheim features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with additional music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne. After a successful U.K. run, the revue played Broadway's Music Box Theatre April 1977-February 1978 before transferring to the Morosco Theatre, where it played through March 1978. The original Broadway cast included David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin. The Venue is located at 5 Leicester Place in Leicester Square, London. Tickets, priced £20-£40, are available by calling 0870 899 3335 or by visiting www.seetickets.com.