Shakespeare Festival cancels production

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A huge attraction is about to turn into a huge disappointment for some theatergoers as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces it will cut "Les Miserables" from its 2009 schedule.

The festival says the cut was brought on because of slumping ticket sales in an economy that is falling deeper into recession.

Its current production of "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" is selling at just 60 percent capacity.

Other cuts have already been made at the popular Montgomery destination including the lay-off of some workers.

The new show would have cost over $1 million dollars to produce, much higher than several other shows, and the A-S-F even considered delaying "Les Miserables" until 2010. They were unable to push it back, however, because the rights to perform the play were not available for that year.

If you purchased a ticket you are entitled to a refund or have it switched to a different show.

The phone number to call is 271-5313.