He added: “It may have been a costly mistake but I’m proud that we did it and proud of everyone who has supported me. Cinderella got some of the best reviews of my career. I’m very proud of it and thanks in large part to you.
In response to the backlash, Lord Lloyd-Webber said his comments had been misconstrued.
In a statement, he said: “I am devastated that I allegedly said my beloved production of Cinderella was a ‘costly mistake.’
“Nothing could be further from the truth and I am very sorry if my words were misunderstood.
“I adore this production and am incredibly, incredibly proud of Cinderella and everyone involved in our show.
“We were desperate to support the West End after two years of a devastating pandemic and the mistake we made was trying to open too early which means we had to postpone twice.
“All we did was try to support the West End and get everyone back to work after the worst period in our history.
“Right now, I want to thank everyone involved with Cinderella for everything they’ve done.
“With love today and always, Andrew Lloyd Webber.”
A spokesman for Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group said: “The reference to a ‘costly mistake’ was never – and never would be – related to production.
“It referred to the show’s early opening and the myriad of challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which the full text makes clear.
“As Andrew said in the letter, he is immensely proud of the show and a huge debt of thanks to everyone involved.”
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