Samantha Bond has withdrawn from the Almeida Theatre’s production of Vassa after suffering a back injury.

Bond was due to play the title role which will now be played by Siobhan Redmond who was most recently seen in Top Girls a the National and Imperium I & II at the Barbican.

As a result, the play’s first two preview dates – on 5 and 7 October – have been cancelled.

The theatre said: “Unfortunately, due to a back injury Samantha Bond has reluctantly had to withdraw from the Almeida’s forthcoming production of Vassa following medical advice. The part will now be played by Siobhan Redmond.”

It added: “As a result of this, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the first two preview performances (Saturday October 5 and Monday October 7). Bookers for these two performances will be contacted by the Almeida box office to rearrange their tickets.”

Vassa, by Maxim Gorky, is adapted by Mike Bartlett (Albion, King Charles III, Doctor Foster) and directed by Tinuke Craig.

The play is about a matriarch’s struggle to maintain a semblance of normality whilst her family show her little regard and her once thriving business falters.

The cast includes Alexandra Dowling, Michael Gould, Arthur Hughes, Daniella Isaacs, Amber James, Danny Kirrane, Kayla Meikle, Cyril Nri and Sophie Wu.

Vassa runs from 9 October 2019 until 23 November 2019 at Almeida Theatre, London.