Summer Games will shutter London theaters, says Andrew Lloyd Webber

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(CBS /AP) LONDON - The Summer Olympic Games will force most of London's West End theaters to close for the summer, predicts composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Lloyd Webber said Friday the July games will make it "very tough" for shows in London and predicted that three major musicals would not play over the games.

The composer told BBC radio that the biggest hits such as his own "The Phantom of the Opera" would play over the games but that others would struggle to draw crowds.

He says advance bookings for West End shows were running at only 10 percent of their normal level.

Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group owns seven London theaters; others in the industry have predicted a slump in demand over the summer.

The games, to be held from July 27 to Aug. 12, are expected to bring millions of visitors to London this summer.

  • CBS News Staff

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