Stomp to close in West End after 15 years
The West End production of Stomp is to close in January after a 15-year run.
The production, which has been playing at the Ambassadors Theatre since 2007 and previously ran at the Vaudeville, will perform its final show on January 7.
It is currently the 12th longest running show in West End history, and has played more than 6,000 performances.
It is the seventh longest West End production that is still running, behind shows including The Mousetrap, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia!.
The show’s creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, said its closure would not mark the end of Stomp in London.
They said: “We want to emphasise that we don’t consider this the end of STOMP here; we actually feel it’s going to be good for the show to take a break, reconfigure, reinvent and return at some point in the future in a different London venue, where we can present the show in a way that is more in keeping with its original ethos.”
The Ambassadors, where Stomp has run for a decade, is in the process of changing ownership from Stephen Waley-Cohen to Cameron Mackintosh, who intends to remodel the theatre into a home for regional transfers and rename it the Sondheim Theatre.
Plans were unveiled in 2015, however last year Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh said work would not start until January 2018 at the earliest, while the company focuses on the refurbishment of the Victoria Palace. It is due to reopen for Hamilton in December.
In 2018, Stomp will continue its international tour, as well as individual tours in the Netherlands, Germany, India, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and France.
Producers added that negotiations are underway for seasons in China, South America and Turkey.
Stomp is presented in London by Yes/No Productions and Glynis Henderson Productions.
Longest running productions in the West End today
1 The Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre, opened 1952
2 Les Miserables, Queens Theatre, opened 1985
3 The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre, opened 1986
4 The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre, opened 1989
5 Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre, opened 1999
6 The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre, opened 1999
7 Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre, opened 2002
8 Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre, opened 2006