Prick up your ears closing. Not enough Loot.

So, Prick up your ears is going to close early. Ticket sales have now collapsed since Matt Lucas pulled out of the play, following the recent death of his ex-husband.

It’s a shame to see a new West End play closing like this. So much new drama seems to depend on nothing more than attracting big-name stars into leading roles, and drawing in the existing fan base of that performer. Isn’t it a shame that nobody appears to be interested in the life of Joe Orton anymore? Here is a play in the West End telling the tragic story of one of Britain’s finest modern playwrights and it can’t sell enough tickets to sustain the rent…

How can any new playwright expect to get a show performed in London, unless it’s in the corner of a grotty pub, if the West End can’t even support a show like this? Roll on yet another musical to take its place…

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