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Freddie Fox will join Lily James in Romeo and Juliet, sharing the role with Richard Madden.
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company have today announced that Freddie Fox will join their current production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre following the indisposition of original cast member Richard Madden. Madden is currently recovering from an injured ankle, which has resulted in a number of performances being cancelled as understudy Tom Hanson has also been recovering from an injury.
Fox will join the company from Tuesday 26 July 2016 following a period of intensive rehearsals with co-star Lily James. He recently played the role of Romeo at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, and joins the company following a run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Southwark Playhouse. He will share the role of Romeo with Richard Madden, acting on doctors advice to rest the ankle between performances. Exact casting for each performance will be updated daily.
In a statement today, Branagh said of the news: “Sometimes things do not go according to plan in the theatre. Who would have predicted that both Richard and Tom would sustain such unexpected injuries during the same run of this play? Our job is to help make sure that they both make the best recovery possible, whilst working as hard as we can to provide a great show for audiences, which is why I could not be more thrilled to welcome Freddie Fox into the company. An old friend of many of the cast, Freddie is a talented and exciting actor who will no doubt bring much to the role of Romeo. As Richard’s ankle improves and he is able to play more performances, we look forward to completing the run with both of these wonderful artists.”
Freddie Fox stated: “I am really pleased to be joining Lily, Derek, Meera and the company. I look forward to continuing the exciting work that Richard and Tom have created in this wonderful production, and to bringing my own experience and passion for the role of Romeo.”
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet began performances on 12 May 2016 and is currently booking to 13 August 2016. Fox will join the rest of the company that also includes Lily James (Juliet), Derek Jacobi (Mercutio), Meera Syal (Nurse), Marisa Berenson (Lady Capulet), Jack Colgrave Hirst (Benvolio), Tom Hanson (Paris), Matthew Hawksley (Anthony), Taylor James (Prince), Ansu Kabia (Tybalt), Racheal Ofori (Potpan), Nikki Patel (Balthasar), Chris Porter (Lord Montague), Zoe Rainey (Lady Montague), Michael Rouse (Lord Capulet), Sam Valentine (Friar Laurence), Kathryn Wilder (Peta/Apothecary).
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