Acorn Antiques to close

Show can't go on without Julie Walters

The West End version of Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques is to close next month, after 16 weeks.

The curtain will come down at  theTheatre Royal Haymarket on May 21, when Julie Walter’s contract to play Mrs Overall expires.

It’s believed producers have found her impossible to replace, despite original hopes that the show could have continued with a changing cast.

The production hit the headlines for its ticket prices, with seats costing up to £65, as it did for its stars.

Also in the cast are Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston, from Wood’s original Eighties TV series, as well as Neil Morrissey, Josie Lawrence and Sally Ann Triplett. Wood herself plays Mrs Overall on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees.

Click here to buy tickets for the remaining shows.

* The Office and Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy star Martin Freeman is to star as an ambitious TV producer a new play about the media, Blue Eyes And Heels, at London’s Soho Theatre from October, it was announced today.

Published: 25 Apr 2005

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