From Here to Eternity closes at the end of March

Robert Lonsdale and cast in From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Picture: Roy Tan

Robert Lonsdale and cast in From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Picture: Roy Tan

It has been announced that From Here to Eternity, Tim Rice’s new musical, will close on 29 March 2014, after a run of six months in the West End. The date is a month earlier than previously expected.

Composed by Stuart Brayson, with lyrics by Rice and a book by Bill Oakes, the musical – based on James Jones’ 1951 novel – opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 23.

From Here to Eternity’s cast includes Darius Campbell, Robert Lonsdale, Rebecca Thornhill, Siubham Harrison and Ryan Sampson, and is directed by Tamara Harvey, designed by Soutra Gilmour and choreographed by Javier De Frutos.

Reviewing the musical for Musical Theatre Review, Paul Vale wrote: “Shaping Jones’ novel into a piece of musical theatre was never going to be easy and yet lyricist Tim Rice and composer Stuart Brayson insist that the lure of its multi-faceted storyline is an irresistible challenge and indeed, this is Rice’s first original musical in 13 years. Adult, informative and occasionally surprising, the sad fact is that From Here to Eternity, currently running at three hours, is remarkably un-engaging.”

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre on 1 May (press night is 13 May), playing there until 13 September 2014.

Readers may also be interested in:

From Here to Eternity – Shaftesbury Theatre – Review

Chichester Pajama Game hits West End in May 2014

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