It's been a loud and exciting 15 years but in January 2018 the record-breaking, worldwide phenomenon will put down its trash-can lids for one last time and take a final, raucous bow! But, is this the end for STOMP in the capital..?
The Olivier Award-winning and global phenomenon STOMP will end its 15-year run in London’s West End on 7 January 2018, following a box office record-breaking 10-year run at London’s Ambassadors Theatre.
However, as the show’s creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, state, this is not the end of STOMP in London:
“We want to emphasise that we don’t consider this the end of STOMP here; we actually feel it’s going to be good for the show to take a break, reconfigure, reinvent and return at some point in the future in a different London venue, where we can present the show in a way that is more in keeping with its original ethos.”
In 2018, the show will continue to tour around the globe, with dates already confirmed for
Paris, Beirut, Prague, Lisbon and Milan, as well as a Dutch tour, a German tour, an Indian tour, an Italian tour, an Australian and New Zealand tour and a French tour. In addition, negotiations are underway for extended seasons in China, South America and Turkey."
STOMP was first performed in 1991 in Edinburgh. The show played Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 1994 and won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, before opening in New York in February of the same year. The European company was created in 1997 and began the show’s London run at the Vaudeville Theatre on 25 September 2002, transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre on 27 September 2007. On Monday 25 September 2017, STOMP celebrated the show’s 15th girthday in London’s West End.
One of Britain’s greatest exports, the show has toured the globe for 26 years, playing to more than 12 million people in 53 countries across 6 continents. There are currently four companies performing the show worldwide, including New York, where the long-running hit has been playing for over 23 years, London, now in its 16th year, a world tour and a North American tour.