Patrick Swayze has been forced to postpone his debut in Guys and Dolls, by two weeks to 24 July


Patrick Swayze has been forced to postpone his debut in Guys and Dolls, by two weeks to 24 July

Hollywood star Patrick Swayze has been forced to postpone his debut in Guys and Dolls, by two weeks to 24 July because of a chest infection.

Patrick Swayze has missed rehearsals recently because of the illness. He was due to make his West End as 'Nathan Detroit' at the Piccadilly Theatre from 10 July 2006. He is now expected to make his debut on 24 July - provided he is well again. However, his scheduled run has been extended by 3 weeks to 23 Sep 2006.

Andrew Playfoot will now play 'Nathan Detroit' until 22 July. Claire Sweeney will commence her run starring as 'Miss Adelaide' on schedule on 10 July 2006.

Adam Cooper and Kelly Price will continue to star as 'Sky Masterson' and 'Sarah Brown'.

Guys and Dolls, opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 1 June 2005, following previews from 19 May 2005, to moderate notices from the popular press: PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Utterly elating revival..this production looks to be a sure-fire winner." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, " There is much to enjoy, passages when the show undoubtedly achieves lift-off, but it never quite achieves that sense of pure and continuous pleasure .." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A visit to the Piccadilly will bring you terrific music, great fun, one or two excellent dance numbers..." LISA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "Consistently nice and even joyful but rarely does one get the gut feeling that something exciting is taking place."

Guys and Dolls has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is directed by Michael Grandage; designed by Christopher Oram; choreography by Rob Ashford, lighting by Howard Harrison; and sound by Terry Jardine and Chris Full.

The show is produced by Howard Panter for The Ambassador Theatre Group and David Lan for Clear Channel Entertainment, in association with the Donmar Warehouse's own production team.

Brings to life the Broadway of the 1940's, inhabited by gamblers, nightclub performers and members of the Salvation Army, in search of sinners to cure. The score includes numbers as 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat', 'Luck Be A Lady Tonight' and 'Take Back Your Mink'.

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