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Andrew Castle's daughter sees dreams of owning a house crushed after Cinderella axing

Andrew Castle 's daughter has been left feeling "c**p" after her dreams of owning a house were abruptly crushed after the sudden closure of musical Cinderella.

Georgina Castle, 29, has been playing a wicked stepsister in Andrew Lloyd Webber 's West End stage production and was initially booked to portray the role until May next year.

The daughter of the former British tennis number one and BBC Wimbledon commentator used the security of the contract to secure a mortgage to buy a flat, which was set to go through.

However, Lord Lloyd Webber announced on May 1 that the show will be closed less than a year after a twice-delayed opening show of the production.

Georgina, left, played a wicked stepsister in the musical (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The final performance at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in Covent Garden took place on June 12, which had a greater impact on Georgina.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said: "When we found out, it was a complete shock. I was booked until May 2023 and, after Covid, that felt good for stability. I was trying my best to buy a flat and had the mortgage all in place.

"But they [mortgage lender] found out that Cinderella had closed from the news. So they said: 'We can't go ahead.' I felt c*** then, but you've got to turn it around. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that something else comes up."

Following the last performance, Lloyd Webber requested a letter to be read out to the audience - he was not in attendance - which resulted in a chorus of boos after calling the show a "costly mistake".

The letter read: "I keep thinking if only we had opened three months later, we wouldn't have had to postpone our opening twice because of Covid.

"If only we hadn't had to close for a month over Christmas and New Year once again thanks to Covid. And if only we had had help from the recovery fund, I promise you we would have been here for a very long time to come.

"My huge thanks to everyone we kept the Government's feet to the flames and led the charge to the West End opening again.

The last performance of Cinderella took place on Sunday, June 12 (PA)

"It might have been a costly mistake but I am proud of what we did and will forever be grateful to everyone who supported me. Cinderella got some of the best reviews of my career and I am immensely proud of it."

Lloyd Webber took to Twitter on Monday to release another statement after being left "devastated" by the reports of the "costly mistake" comment.

He wrote: "I am devastated to have been reported to have said that my beloved production of Cinderella was a 'costly mistake'.

"Nothing could be further from the truth and I am very sorry if my words have been misunderstood. I adore this production and I am incredibly, incredibly proud of Cinderella and everyone who has been involved in our show.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was booed for calling the show a 'costly mistake' in a letter after the final show (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"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, meaning we had to postpone twice.

"Everything we did was to try and support the West End and get everyone back to work after the worst period in our history.

"For now, I want to say thank you to everyone involved in Cinderella for all you have done. With love today and always, Andrew Lloyd Webber."

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