Tim Curry Withdraws from U.K. Production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Due to Illness

Tim Curry, who has been playing the role of The Player in Chichester Festival Theatre's new London-bound production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, has withdrawn from the production owing to ill health. 

Tim Curry
Tim Curry (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

The production, currently running at Chichester through June 11, then transfers immediately to the West End's Theatre Royal, Haymarket, beginning performances June 16, prior to an official opening June 21, for a run through Aug. 20.

In a press statement, Alan Finch, executive director of Chichester Festival Theatre, commented, "It is with great regret that we confirm that Tim Curry will be unable to complete the run of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead due to ill-health, following an on-going chest infection and repeated asthma attacks. We know that our audiences will be disappointed not to see him in this role, however Tim's well-being is a priority and we wish him the very best for a speedy recovery. For the moment the production will continue with the role of the Player taken by Curry’s understudy, Chris Andrew Mellon, while we consider our longer-term options."

The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, also features Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker in the title roles.

To book tickets for Chichester, contact the box office on 01245 781312, or visit www.cft.org.uk; for London, contact the box office on 0845 481 1870, or visit www.trh.co.uk.