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Simon Shepherd withdraws from The Sound of Music
Simon Shepherd has withdrawn from The Sound of Music.
A statement on behalf of the production said: "Following the first two previews of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November, Simon Shepherd, director Jeremy Sams and producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian agreed that his performance as Captain Von Trapp was not working within the production and therefore he has withdrawn from the show.
Simon Shepherd is best known as Dr Will Preston in the ITV1 drama Peak Practice.
Alexander Hanson will now take over the role of 'Captain Von Trapp' sometime this week, but until then the part will be played by understudy Christopher Dickins. Alexander Hanson's London stage credits include: "Enter The Guardsman" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997; "Shallow End" at the Royal Court Downstairs in 1997; "London Cuckolds" at the Lyttelton, NT in 1998; "Candide" at the Olivier, NT in 1999; "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion in 2002; "Talking To Terrorists " at the Royal Court in 2005. His TV credits include 'Tarquin Pearce' in "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" in 2004.
The opening (press night) will continue to go ahead at the London Palladium on 15 Nov 2006 with Connie Fisher, winner of reality show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, in the lead role of 'Maria'.
The Sound of Music has music by Richard Rodgers, lyric Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, suggested by 'The Trapp Family Singers' by Maria Augusta Trapp
Produced by David Ian, The Really Useful Group (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and Live Nation, it is directed by Jeremy Sams, designed by Robert Jones, lighting by Mark Henderson , choreography by Arlene Phillips, sound by Mick Potter and musical supervision by Simon Lee.
The score for The Sound of Music includes My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and of course the title song The Sound of Music.