David Tennant Not Returning Before Xmas

David Tennant Not Returning Before Xmas

The RSC confirmed that David Tennant will not be returning to HAMLET at the Novello Theatre before Christmas. He has a prolapsed disc and will undergo surgery.

Edward Bennett will continue to perform the role of Hamlet.

David Tennant went out of the show on the 8th December due to a back injury. The press night (Tues 9 Dec) performance went ahead with the understudy Edward Bennett in the title role.

David Tennant said: "It is hugely disappointing for me to have to miss these performances. My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery. I want to get back onstage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It's a fantastic achievement."

Artistic Director Michael Boyd said: "We all wish David a speedy recovery and it is an indication of the RSC's investment in understudies that Ed Bennett can take over Shakespeare's largest role at such short notice. As an ensemble company, we feel it is important to go ahead with the run at the Novello Theatre and I am proud of the way Ed, the understudies, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie and the rest of the company have risen to this challenge, getting a great reaction from audiences and critics alike."

HAMLET is currently being performed at the Novello until 10 Jan 2009.

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