Simon Cowell's musical a £4m flop!

2014-04-29 17:00

London - Simon Cowell has lost £4m on I Can't Sing!.

The critically-acclaimed stage show - which is based on The X Factor, is to close on 10 May, just six weeks after it opened at the London Palladium, and it has now emerged that it is one of the most expensive shows ever to have such a short run.

Simon's company Syco put up more than half of the £7m budget for the production - which was written by Harry Hill and stars Nigel Harman - with Stage Entertainment UK, Glass Half Full Productions and Just For Laugh Theatricals also investing.

A number of factors are believed to have contributed to the closure of the show, including steep ticket prices, with the most expensive seats going for a staggering £87.50.

One source said: "The show just didn't convince X Factor fans outside London it was worth making the trek and forking out a small fortune.

"London theatregoers are a particular bunch and many would say they aren't fans of Simon and his shows."

However, theatre insiders are still shocked by the show closing so early as it was expected to run for at least six months.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Tickets just weren't selling and everyone in theatre was saying it would only last six months.

"That it's been pulled so quickly has stunned us all. Ticket sales must have been even worse than we all thought."

Comments

  • Mark Janse van Rensburg - 2014-05-02 17:31

    "Don't I just LOOOOVE myself so much!" Every platoon back in the days had one of those. A mother can only sigh when a son with intelligence throws it away by trying to be bigger than the world - dad turns the meat on the braai and son busy putting hand cream on his hands. Yip that's Mr. Simon for you - but hey a lot of young screaming insecure girls looking for his approval an attention. How different is Mr. Tom Hanks down to earth local at the braai, to this donkey behind?

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