“Disco Inferno” Fizzles Early


The Faustian legend’s effort to return to the disco era apparently has developed a pulled muscle at Malvern Theatres in the U.K.

The Brit production of Disco Inferno reportedly shuttered Aug. 25, only five days into a six-week tour, leaving a cast of 21-including former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater, ex-Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, Javine Hylton and Matthew Goodgame-shortchanged of thousands of pounds, U.K.-based The Stage reported today. The paper also said:

A message appeared on the show’s website, operated by the musical’s writer, Jai Sepple, stating: “Unfortunately the tour of Disco Inferno has been cancelled. We are currently awaiting an official statement from the show’s producer, Garth Harrison, of Disco Inferno Productions Ltd.”

Details remained sketchy today, but a stalemate evidently arose between producer and performers due to the lack of pay, leading disco nights to become disco not.

Loosely based on the seemingly eternal Faust classic, the musical is set in 1976, with book by Sepple and music featuring ’70s songs including “Boogie Nights,” “Celebration,” and “Hot Stuff.”

The cancelled autumn tour was to travel to Malvern, Aberdeen, Belfast, Derby, Eastbourne, Hull, and Darlington.