By Andrew Gans
05 Jul 2011
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Bedford was to have played Oronte in The Misanthrope. Peter Hutt will assume that role; he is also playing Muley Graves and the Contractor in The Grapes of Wrath.
“Brian’s condition is treatable, and it is expected that he will make a full recovery,” artistic director Des McAnuff said in a statement. “However, it does require immediate medical attention, which means he will not be able to take part in The Misanthrope.
“I know this is a huge disappointment to Brian, as it is to all of us here, but we look forward to his return to our stages in future seasons. In the meantime, we send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
The Misanthrope, directed by David Grindley, begins previews July 31. It opens officially Aug. 12 and runs to Oct. 29, featuring Ben Carlson as Alceste, Juan Chioran as Philinte and Sara Topham as Célimène.