Second Actor Withdraws from Cast of London's Talking Cure

News   Second Actor Withdraws from Cast of London's Talking Cure Following James Hazeldine's illness and the cancellation of the planned press night of Christopher Hampton's The Talking Cure, Bill Paterson — the replacement for the part of Freud — has also pulled out.

John Carlisle has stepped into the breach and begun rehearsals, a National Theatre representative has confirmed, but whether the curse of the Cure strikes again remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the part of Freud continues to be read, during performances at the Cottesloe, by actor Dominic Rowan, so audiences can still see the play — starring Ralph Fiennes — even if theatre critics have to wait a little longer for a new press night.

On the other side of the river, Macbeth, a play more usually associated with disaster, continues accident-free (touch wood) at the Albery, and has recently announced an extension to March 1, 2003.

—By Paul Webb