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Bakersfield Mist to close three weeks early

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Bakersfield Mist starring Kathleen Turner is to close three weeks earlier than planned, with producers blaming poor ticket sales among tourists.

The show will close on August 9, instead of its planned end date of August 30.

Written by Stephen Sachs, it co-stars Ian McDiarmid is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Sonia Friedman Productions, Darren Bagert/Martin Massman and Chris and Kelbe Bensinger. It marked the first time that Burns and Friedman – two of the West End’s most prolific play producers – have co-produced together.

In a statement, the producers said: “The show did well until the school holidays, however it seems we haven’t captured the tourist audience, so we have decided to finish at 13 weeks instead of 16 and not play the tricky August weeks.”

They added: “We would like to thank all the production team, and Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid for their acclaimed performances.”

The production opened in May at the Duchess Theatre and is directed by Polly Teale.

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