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Fuddy Meers to close after just two weeks

Story by Jack Foley

THE star-studded production of Fuddy Meers - the first production of Sam Mendes’ new theatre and film production company, Scamp - has become the latest production to join the list of casualties to post early closure notices in the West End.

Just two weeks after opening, the producers have announced that the off-beat American comedy will close on Saturday, June 12, after it received mixed reviews.

The play featured a quality mix of British and American actors, including Brits Julia McKenzie, Nicholas Le Prevost and Charlotte Randle, as well as Hollywood actor, Matthew Lillard (of Scream and Scooby Doo fame) and Broadway’s Katie Finneran.

It had opened at the Arts Theatre on May 25, following an initial three-week run at Birmingham Rep, and had been scheduled to remain open until August 28.

The news will come as a blow to Scamp, which had been founded by former Donmar Warehouse director, Mendes, with Caro Newling and Pippa Harris.

Its future stage projects include new work by Nick Whitby, Owen McCafferty and Heidi Thomas, as well as the UK premiere of Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, revivals of Pravda and Macbeth, and a stage musical adaptation of the hit animated film, Shrek.

The play had charted the screwball adventures in the life of amnesiac, Claire, as she attempts to make sense of her increasingly befuddled world. It was written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and had enjoyed a successful run on Broadway.

Its demise comes as several of the West End’s top new shows announced early closures, in what is traditionally a difficult month for attracting audiences.

Other high-profile casualties have included Amanda Holden’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Shape of Things (starring Hollywood actress, Alicia Witt), Calico, The Holy Terror, Coyote on a Fence and Rattle of a Simple Man.

However, London is gearing up for a bumper Autumn and Winter, with several massive productions due to open in the months leading up to Christmas - including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White (starring Michael Crawford), Mel Brooks’ The Producers (with Richard Dreyfuss and Lee Evans), and the musical, Mary Poppins.

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