Ceiling caves in

Nigel Planer's play closes fast

Nigel Planer’s first West End play has announced it will close – less than a week after first night.

The former Young One’s writing debut, On The Ceiling, only opened last Monday at the Garrick Theatre – attracting a slew of unfavourable reviews.

And today it announced it will be closing on October 1 – more than two months and a half months earlier than its original booking period was due to end on December 17.

The show, starring Two Pints Of Lager’s Ralph Little, is based around the workmen who really painted of the Sistine Chapel roof to Michelangelo’s instructions.

Its closure follows the mauling it received in the Press, even after a run at the Birmingham Rep and an extended preview run in London.

The Independent called the play ‘as riveting as watching paint dry’, The Daily Telegraph said it was ‘theatrical purgatory’ and the London Evening Standard said: ‘It has gone straight into my little Black Book of Theatrical Horrors.’

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Published: 19 Sep 2005

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