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Lloyd Webber, Rice lose their touch in London as musicals close early

Published on Feb 27, 2014 6:42 AM
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber poses after arriving for the opening night of The Phantom Of The Opera at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday on June 24, 2006. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON (REUTERS) - Two of the biggest names in British musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will close their latest shows early at the end of March, in a blow to the former partners' efforts to succeed separately in London's West End.

Lyricist Rice and composer Lloyd Webber, who collaborated on such hits as Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, have suffered mixed reviews for their latest productions.

Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward, which takes its name from an osteopath who was a central figure in the Profumo sex scandal in Britain in the 1960s, has been playing to half-full houses for the last month according to some reports.

It will close on March 29 after a run of just four months, a statement released by its producer said on Wednesday.

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