London has asked Tyrone to pack his bags. The critically-acclaimed Hand To God, which transferred to London immediately following it’s Broadway run, has announced it will leave London. While Luner on Theatre did reach out to Tyrone for a statement on this situation, anything he said was not PG enough to publish so instead, we’re bringing you our own coverage. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that the West End transfer of Hand To God will shutter early in London!
Hand To God has announced it will shutter earlier than previously scheduled, April 30th, 2016, in London’s West End. The production officially opened February 15th and was scheduled as a strictly limited engagement through June 2016 at the Vaudeville Theatre. The production received mostly negative notices from London critics despite winning over critics on Broadway less than a year ago. The London cast of Hand To God is led by Harry Melling (Pictured Right) best known for his work in the Harry Potter series as Dudley. The rest of the cast includes Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Jemina Rooper and Kevin Mains. Broadway producer Kevin McCollum produces the London transfer with British producer Nica Burns joining him.
Hand To God transferred to London following a nine month run on Broadway at The Booth Theatre. The Broadway production opened April 7th, 2015 and shuttered January 3rd, 2016. The show was critically acclaimed playing just over 330 performances and receiving five Tony Award nominations including Best Play. The show moved to Broadway following an Off-Broadway run at Lucille Lortel Theatre presented by MCC in spring 2014.
Luner Lowdown: While Hand To God has managed to win over audiences in London’s West End since it’s premiere earlier this season, the production has announced it will end its limited run even earlier than originally scheduled. Hand To God received mostly negative notices from London’s critics in what I would describe as a “culture barrier” difference. The show, which critics and audiences loved on Broadway, lends itself more to the American culture perhaps with its jokes and dialogue as not so much to England’s. That being said, I couldn’t be more disappointed this company will not get to finish their run. I can’t encourage you enough to experience this production yourself before it leaves London in just over a week.
Don’t miss your chance to experience Broadway’s Tony Award nominated Hand To God now in its final week of performances at the Vaudeville Theater in London’s West End!
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