Second London Show Hit by Illness

News   Second London Show Hit by Illness The opening performance of Stephen Fry's new version of Cinderella, London's Old Vic Christmas show, has been postponed because broadcaster and comedienne Sandi Toksvig, who plays the narrator, has a chest infection.

Fiona Laird's production was due to open as a matinee performance on Dec. 9. But hurriedly-issued missives to critics that morning postponed the press performance.

The show's spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com that Toksvig will rejoin the show from Dec. 12. This is the second high profile London show to be hit by a chest infection.

The Menier Chocolate Factory revival of La Cage aux Folles has also been affected, with leading cast member Douglas Hodge continuing to suffer from a chest infection.

The press night for that production, originally set for Dec. 3, has now been moved to Jan. 9, 2008, by which time it is hoped Hodge will have recovered.

In the meantime, understudy Spencer Stafford is playing the role of Albin opposite Philip Quast's Georges. The cast of Cinderella also stars Pauline Collins as The Fairy Godmother and features Debbie Chazen (Midsummer Night's Dream in the West End) as The Queen; Oliver Chopping (The Musicians at the National Theatre Studios) as Dandini; Hal Fowler (High Society); Mark Lockyer (Vernon God Little) in a multi-role performance as The Ugly Sisters; Paul Keating Don Carlos) as Buttons; Joseph Millson Pillars of the Community as Prince Charming and Madeleine Worrall (Three Sisters) as Cinderella.

Ever since Ian McKellen's Widow Twankey in Alladin, The Old Vic's Christmas offering has become a highly anticipated show on London's theatrical landscape.

The multi-faceted Fry became well known to television audiences playing opposite Hugh Laurie in the sitcom Blackadder. On screen he has played Oscar Wilde and caused headlines and concern for his health when he walked out on the West End production of Cell Mates in 1995.

Commenting on the venue's latest offering, artistic director Kevin Spacey said, "I'm enormously pleased by the range of talented artists joining us to make Cinderella a truly spectacular event this Christmas. The combination of such British favorites as Pauline Collins and Sandi Toksvig with a remarkable range of young and talented cast from stage, television and film will create something truly special. I can't wait to see how they all bring to life Stephen's marvelously witty story and characters to the sound of Anne Dudley's great new songs. It's the perfect celebration of The Old Vic's vaudeville history and a great deal of fun."

For more information on Cinderella which is booking until Jan. 20, 2008, call (0)870 060 6628.