Cinderella: Row escalates over cancellation of Lloyd Webber musical as protesters gather outside theater

Members of the actors’ union Equity have called for a change in theater industry practices, as they protest the closure of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cinderella.

On Sunday May 1, it was announced that Lloyd Webber and Emerald Fennell’s original musical will end on June 12, less than a year after it first opened.

A cast change was scheduled to take place on July 17, with the original cast to be replaced with an entirely new set.

While the current cast was reportedly told in person on Sunday that the show would be ending early, some members of the incoming cast claimed to have learned of the news via press release or on social media.

A new member of the set, Daisy Blanche Wells, has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a video of the moment she told her mum she had been cast on the since canceled show.

Tuesday, May 3, around sixty people took part in a demonstration in front of the Gillian Lynne Theater organized by Equity.

Talk to The scenean anonymous cast and crew member said the closure was “abrupt”.

“I’m not surprised, but it’s just like, now what?” they said. “Something is going to happen, but it’s just another feeling of upheaval.”

Also participating in the event, The Mouse Trap actor Nicola Blackman called the manipulation a CinderellaThe closure was “absolutely outrageous”, adding that producers needed to “let people know and be transparent”. Tell them in advance before it happens on social media”.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Actor Joseph Richardson said it was “laughable…unfair and unreasonable” that cast members found out via social media on a holiday Sunday.

In a statement shared Tuesday, May 3, Equity said “all creative workers deserve to be treated with dignity at work.”

Equity Chair Maureen Beattie attends the protest at the Gillian Lynne Theater

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“Additionally, new actors and stage managers had recently been hired and were expected to begin work soon,” they wrote. “These artists had planned their lives around what they thought their next job would be, including expected future income, housing arrangements, and even denial of other work.

“To be told they’ve lost that job now underscores the longstanding insecurity of the entertainment industry, perpetuated by poor management and a lack of respect for our members – which is why Equity fights for better labor rights in the sector.”

The union is demanding that Lloyd Webber’s production company Really Useful Group compensate current and future cast members, as well as individually notifying cast members at a more considerate time in the future and notifying Equity before publish news to the press.

The Independent has contacted Lloyd Webber representatives for comment.