Broadway play THE VERTICAL HOUR will close three weeks earlier than planned due to poor ticket sales, despite the combined star power of Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy. The New York production, written by playwright David Hare and staged at the Music Box Theatre, will now end on 11 March (07). The Vertical Hour premiered in November (06) but received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom praised Nighy but were less complimentary about Moore.