Jersey Boys is to close at the Piccadilly Theatre next March following a nine year run in the West End.

Jersey Boys

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LtoR Declan Egan, Matt Corner, Simon Bailey and Matt Hunt in Jersey Boys.

Groups, however, will be able to catch the musical when it embarks on a second national tour, which will open at New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham in December 2017.

Voted the Best Theatre Production at the 2015 Group Leisure Awards, Jersey Boys first opened in the West End on 18th March 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre, before moving to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. Its first UK and Irish tour ran for 18 months from 4th September 2014 to 5th March 2016.

Commenting on the West End closure and the UK-wide tour, producer Michael David said: “When we brought Jersey Boys here nine years ago, we hoped it was a good idea and that West End audiences would embrace it, but you never imagine it’ll multiply and resonate as much as it has.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the cast and crew who gave their all every night and are profoundly grateful to the audiences who returned that energy without fail. Our time in London has been extraordinary and we hope audiences around the UK will continue to embrace Jersey Boys as we bring the show to their hometowns.”

Jersey Boys tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to fame from the wrong side of the tracks. The four-piece band from New Jersey sold 175 million records worldwide and became one of the most successful bands in pop history.

Popular hits which feature in the musical include 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.

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