Days Are Numbered for Cirque’s “R.U.N.” at Luxor

A wildly expensive and polarizing Cirque du Soleil show, “R.U.N.” at Luxor, looks to be closing after April 2020, according to a source.

“R.U.N.” opened on Oct. 24, 2019 at a staggering cost of $62 million.


It’s a blog, we don’t have to be neutral.

“R.U.N.” has received scathing reviews since its debut, with many declaring it the “worst show ever in Las Vegas.”

On TripAdvisor, the show has received 115 “terrible” ratings, and 31 “excellent” ratings, although a good deal of the “excellent” ratings are of questionable origin.

For example, many use the same or similar terminology (“immersive!”), and are written by first-time reviewers using generic profile photos. Another common theme among the dubious raves are claims audience disappointment with the show is due to it not being a “typical Cirque show.”

We can’t disagree, as typical Cirque shows are “enjoyable” and “entertaining” and tend to not feature torture sequences.

Here’s a taste of “R.U.N.” Warning: Viewing this video may cause nausea, headaches, vomiting and an uncontrollable urge to, well, run.

There has been no official announcement or confirmation of the closure of “R.U.N.” by Cirque du Soleil or Luxor (owned by MGM Resorts).

A source shared an internally-distributed schedule of upcoming performances of “R.U.N.,” which abruptly ends after its April dates.

RUN Luxor

“R.U.N.,” it seems, has run out of gas.

There’s been speculation that because of the show’s $62 million price tag, it would be disastrous to simply pull the plug on “R.U.N.” There’s a chance the show could close temporarily for an overhaul to try and salvage it.

There’s also a chance Cirque has realized it misread the market and will cut its losses to stop the bleeding.

While it’s no fun when a show closes and performers and crew members lose their gigs, it’s also no fun when customers feel ripped off after seeing a Las Vegas show, especially one from a respected company like Cirque du Soleil.

“R.U.N.” was a noble, but misguided and poorly executed, attempt to reach a new audience for Cirque. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence that audience actually exists.

16 thoughts on “Days Are Numbered for Cirque’s “R.U.N.” at Luxor

  1. Al from San Diego

    I don’t think anyone is shocked by this.

    I’m a bit surprised the show gets nearly four more months before the plug is pulled.

    1. Sean

      The Duck Commander Musical (Least inspired name for a musical ever) wasn’t a perfect show by any stretch. But I will say that the (few) people who came to see it did seem to enjoy it. The tunes were pleasant enough in a pop-country kind of way, and the cast really did give it their all.

      Also, I desperately want it to be true that while inventing his duck call Papa Beardington broke out into song. That would make me happy.

  2. Johnny Johnston

    I booked a trip to Las Vegas specifically to see R.U.N.
    If you would like to join me I’ll gladly buy you a ticket just so we can get your review of the show!
    The show I’ll be seeing is Feb 19 at 7pm

    1. Frank

      Hey I would love to join to see RUN . Would you really buy me my ticket ? I live in Las Vegas so I would love to see it Big Cirque du Soleil fan.

    2. Scott Roeben Post author

      Very kind, but there’s no amount of money that would convince me to see the full show when I can’t really stomach the two-minute preview video. Life’s too short.

  3. Alan

    I saw R.U.N. a few weeks ago on December 22. It was a slow weekend in Vegas and the theater was maybe 1/3 full. I should also say I got my ticket through an Expedia sale and paid $50 for a pretty good seat.

    I thought the show had some cool scenes and neat effects. The car chase scene was well done. The motorcycles were cool.

    No way was it the worst show I’ve seen in Vegas. But definitely a bit disappointing.

    I think it would have been better in a much smaller theater. It isn’t immersive when you are in a room that size.

    The story is lame and I felt no investment in the characters. A rewrite could help.

    I won’t be surprised if it does indeed close. I’d love to see another new Cirque show and I don’t fault them for taking a risk on something new and innovative.

  4. Em

    I saw the show on December 26, and found it enjoyable for what it was, but the marketing is definitely targeting the wrong audience. Billing it as a Cirque du Soleil show is a serious mistake.

    I feel a more accurate billing would be “A live-action graphic novel, written by Robert Rodriguez [insert his impressive credits here]”. That would give people a little better idea of what they are in for. Something like “featuring the creative talents of Cirque du Soleil” would perhaps let people know Cirque is involved but that it isn’t a typical Cirque show.

    The show was definitely more “Sin City” than Cirque du Soleil.

  5. Laura

    I loved the show. Once I realized what was going on and TV that they were videotaping it live it got even better. Yes its loud but it keeps you on the edge of your seat, the graphics were amazing. Great show

  6. Beth Lyn

    When I saw that Cirque was opening a new show, I was so excited to see it. We were in Vegas in November and went to see the show on Thanksgiving night. I have never been so disappointed in a Vegas show. I thought I would be seeing a stage show, not video on big screen. The torture scene was very distasteful and not entertainment. The only thing that was sort of good were the motorcycle stunts.
    I am not surprise that it is closing.

  7. Andrew

    I paid for 2 tickets to see this piece of crap on its 3rd night after opening. The sooner it closes the less people (victims) will waste their money on it.

  8. Ash Briarwood

    I saw it with my best friend on our Christmas break. Let’s just said we had a WTF moment. I thought it was gonna be a spectacular Cirque Show, but we were sadly disappointed walking out. All I had to say was, what waste of a perfectly good evening. Bye Felicia!


    That preview was weak. The show was 1000 times better. You haters wouldn’t know a great show if it bit you on the dick.


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