Wonderland UK tour cut short

The UK tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Tony Award-nominated Wonderland has been cut short in the wake of a dispute between the show’s producers and one of its technical suppliers.

Performances in Swansea, Wolverhampton, Richmond and Bournemouth have been shelved following reports of a row over payments.

Problems first came to light last week when the Swansea Grand performances of the show, which features former soap favourite Wendi Peters and West End leading man Dave Willetts, were cancelled.

Announcing the shelving of the rest of the tour which began in January, a statement from producer Neil Eckersley on behalf of his Wonderland the Musical Ltd read: “With immediate effect and a heavy heart, the remaining 24 performances of Wonderland in Wolverhampton, Richmond and Bournemouth have been cancelled. The decision to cancel the final three weeks of the tour has been a difficult one and one that has not been taken lightly.”

The statement went on to cite “a dispute with one of the show’s ex-suppliers” had prompted the decision to bring the tour to a premature end.

Paying tribute to the “world-class cast, crew and band”, the statement added: “We apologise to all patrons with tickets to the cancelled shows. Performances are never cancelled except when there is no feasible or responsible way to avoid it. Full refunds are available from the box office and venues will be contacting customers to ensure they are refunded.”

Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, Wonderland debuted at the Edinburgh Playhouse in January this year at the start of a tour that visited 25 venues and played nearly 200 performances.

Directed by Lotte Wakeham, Wonderland features music by Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, and book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, with a UK adaptation by Robert Hudson.

Angela Thomas

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Wonderland – Edinburgh Playhouse and Touring – Review

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