Tuesday 24 January 2017

John Hurt pulls out of The Entertainer after intestinal complaint

Published 01/07/2016 | 13:26

Sir John Hurt has pulled out of a role in The Entertainer
Sir John Hurt has pulled out of a role in The Entertainer

Actor Sir John Hurt has pulled out of a production of John Osborne's play The Entertainer on medical advice as he recovers from an intestinal complaint.

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The 76-year-old had been due to play Billy Rice in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production, directed by Rob Ashford.

Hurt said: "I have recently been in hospital with an intestinal complaint and although I am much improved and on the road to a full recovery, my doctors have advised that it is too soon for me to undertake a lengthy and arduous stage role. It is therefore with great sadness and disappointment that I must withdraw from The Entertainer.

"I would like to send Ken, Rob and the entire company my love and very best wishes for a happy and successful production of a wonderful play."

The show is due to begin previews at London's Garrick Theatre on August 20.

Branagh will play Archie Rice in the show alongside Phil Dunster, Jonah Hauer-King, Crispin Letts, Sophie McShera and Greta Scacchi.

Hurt's replacement has yet to be announced.

Hurt is best known for his film roles in Alien, V For Vendetta and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as well as TV roles in Doctor Who and The Last Panthers.

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