Michael Barrymore pulls out of his UK stage comeback after just three performances

Michael Barrymore , has pulled out of his UK stage comeback after just three performances at the Wyndham's Theatre, citing personal reasons.

He was appearing as part of the Kings of Comedy festival performing live stand-up 15 Sept to 11 Oct & 20 Oct to 8 Nov 03.

Bill Bailey has now extended his run at the Wyndham's and will perform from 13 to 25 Oct 03.

The show, opened to poor notices from the popular press on Tuesday 17 Sep and ticket sales were reportedly poor.

Minutes before he was due to appear on stage on Thursday night (18 Sep), he reportedly told producers he could not go on.

It was his first UK performance since the death of Stuart Lubbock in his pool two-and-a-half years ago in which a coroner recorded an open verdict, although police found Barrymore to have had no part in Mr Lubbock's death. In a statement Barrymore said: "Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to everyone who has bought tickets, but the pressure of the last two years has taken its toll. "I would also like to thank my fans, friends and Alcoholics Anonymous who have all helped me remain sober and given me great support and care."

Producer Steve Berrick said: "Michael has withdrawn for personal reasons. We completely understand. All monies will be refunded and we wish Michael all the best for the future."

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