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Further production unrest for Dusty at Charing Cross Theatre

Ellie-Ann Lowe and Francesca Jackson in Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson Ellie-Ann Lowe and Francesca Jackson in Dusty. Photo: Johan Persson
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Musical Dusty has been hit with further complaints by cast and crew involved in the show, with nine performers leaving the production by the end of the month.

Last week, The Stage revealed that the new off-West End show about Dusty Springfield was facing serious problems, and that five actors and four dancers are leaving during August. Some have been dismissed, while others are leaving to take jobs elsewhere amid complaints of “unhappiness” and stress within the company.

It has since emerged that union Equity is representing members involved in the production who were axed from the show, and is trying to secure them a financial settlement. There are understood to be concerns that the contracts used are not standard union ones, which is making the process difficult.

The Stage has also become aware of further unrest within the production, including allegations that cast members learned from social media about some of the performances they were required to give, despite not being consulted. These include performing at West End Live, and an unexpected gala performance.

There have also been complaints that cast members were not provided with appropriate footwear for the show. These complaints have been confirmed by Equity.

As reported last week, cast and crew have also been required to rehearse new scenes during the day, while performing in the evening. One source close to the production said the working environment had become “fractious”.

The show was originally scheduled to have a press night on June 3, but this has been moved to September 7, three and a half months after it began previews on May 25.

Dusty is produced by Freddie Madden, Patrice Wilson and Darren DeVerna, who said in a statement: “The cast, crew, production and stage management teams have and continue to work closely during the development of Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre. Any issues are being discussed privately.”

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