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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Musical based on the BBC television series has been axed after less than a month of performances in the west end.

It Must Have Bean Love - The Mr Bean Musical was written by Ben Elton and starred Michael Ball as Mr Bean. The production caused an £8 million loss and was universally panned by critics.

Cast members were "relieved and not at all surprised" to receive the news of the early closure and they are thankful that the musical has ended. Michael Ball wrote on Twitter;

"It brings me much joy to announce the closure of It Must Have Bean Love - The Mr Bean Musical. I would say refunds are available for ticket holders, but what ticket holders?"

Many questioned the need for a musical based around the typically silent Mr Bean and many criticized the fact that the characters sing but without any dialogue and "Just sing funny noises" instead of performing any lyrics. The musical was so badly received a critic actually committed suicide after a performance and his review of the show was the suicide note where he blamed the musical and claimed it was "the only thing responsible for [his] decision to take [his] life".

Though the cast were happy about the closure, Ben Elton was devastated by the news and according to theatre staff he "Trashed his dressing room" and was crying audibly as well as repeatedly screaming "No! Not again! How can this be happening again?!" Elton then ran out of the theatre aggressively pushing staff over and wasn't found until the next morning where he was discovered in the West End sleeping naked in front of a bin behind a Thai restaurant. Elton was then taken to the Fulham Psychiatric Hospital where he is expected to spend many years.

It Must Have Bean Love is expected to be replaced by the Garry Bushell penned Too Shy - The Kajagoogoo Story, which is a musical based around the 80's pop group Kajagoogoo and will star Another Level singer Dane Bowers as lead singer Limahl.

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