Tim Curry has withdrawn from the Chichester production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead due to ill-health.
Curry was to have featured as The Player in the Trevor Nunn-helmed show, which will run in Chichester until 11 June and then transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from 16 June 2011.
In a statement Executive Director at Chichester Alan Finch said: “It is with great regret that we confirm that Tim Curry will be unable to complete the run of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead due to ill-health, following an on-going chest infection and repeated asthma attacks. We know that our audiences will be disappointed not to see him in this role, however Tim’s well-being is a priority and we wish him the very best for a speedy recovery. For the moment the production will continue with the role of the Player taken by Curry’s understudy, Chris Andrew Mellon, while we consider our longer-term options.”
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Trevor Nunn and features Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker in the title roles.