Damon will be replaced for the last week (June 10-15) by Adam Rayner, a recent graduate from LAMDA, the drama school that seems to be producing a lot of striking young talent at the moment. Rayner, who will be the only British member of the cast, has also understudied Hayden Christensen.
Damon's American co-stars, Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix (who are real-life lovers), will remain in the play for its final week.
This Is Our Youth, a story about three young people (two boys and a girl) from rich but dysfunctional families, and set in the early 1980's, has proved a huge hit with young audiences who may have been initially attracted by the film-star casts but have enjoyed Kenneth Lonergan's spiky, well-paced script.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow