Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the Archie Rice in the final production for Plays at the Garrick season.
JOHN HURT WILL NO LONGER BE APPEARING IN THE ENTERTAINER FOLLOWING MEDICAL ADVICE
It was announced on 1st July 2016, that on the advice of his doctors, John Hurt has had to withdraw from the production.
John Hurt was due to play Billy Rice.
Other cast members include: Phil Dunster as Graham, Jonah Hauer-King as Frank Rice, Crispin Letts as Brother Bill, Sophie McShera as Jean Rice and Greta Scacchi as Phoebe Rice. Further casting also includes Lauren Alexandra, Yasmin Harrison, Pip Jordan and Kate Tydman as dancers. Casting for the role of Billy Rice will be announced in due course.
Commenting on his withdrawal, John Hurt said: “I have recently been in hospital with an intestinal complaint and although I am much improved and on the road to a full recovery, my doctors have advised that it is too soon for me to undertake a lengthy and arduous stage role. It is therefore with great sadness and disappointment that I must withdraw from The Entertainer.
I would like to send Ken, Rob and the entire company my love and very best wishes for a happy and successful production of a wonderful play.”