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Updated: Michael Gambon Taken Ill; to be Replaced in UK Stage Production by Richard Griffiths

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Posted by: sue
October 02, 2009, 11:00 AM

UPDATE: TLC has spoken directly to reps for Michael Gambon, who have reassured us that the beloved actor is on the road to recovery from this minor illness, and will be back to work, up and jumping again in a few weeks time. Of special interest to Harry Potter fans is word that yes indeed, Michael Gambon will be able to film his role as the beloved Albus Dumbledore for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows later this fall.

What's On Stage is reporting today that actor Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore) has canceled his upcoming appearance in a UK play this fall due to an undisclosed illness. While the appearance of this acclaimed actor on the stage again was widely anticipated, the part will now be performed by fellow Harry Potter actor and Tony award winner Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon). Quotage:

"Michael Gambon has pulled out of the upcoming world premiere of Alan Bennett’s new play The Habit of Art under doctor’s advice while he recovers from an undisclosed minor illness. He will be replaced by Richard Griffiths as poet WH Auden opposite Alex Jennings as composer Benjamin Britten in the production, directed by NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner which is still due to open in the NT Lyttelton on 17 November 2009 (previews from 5 November).  The actor said today: "I’m really disappointed to be pulling out of this play, as I’m temporarily not firing on all cylinders. The timing is very unfortunate, but I have been told to rest for a couple of weeks. This means I must let the show go on without me."

Please join us here at TLC as we wish Mr. Gambon a very speedy recovery.

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109 Comments

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2027 Points

so he will be back to film as dumbers? crap

Posted by sunlitdays (ROAR) on October 02, 2009, 01:38 PM report to moderator
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214 Points

Oh No… quick get Madame Pomfrey! and Snape so he can make some healing potions!! Call St. Mungo’s! do something!!! lol

Posted by samhinrichs678 (WBM) on October 02, 2009, 01:48 PM report to moderator
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4452 Points

Oh noes :S!!! Get well soon! When I read it I read ‘Richard Harris’ and I was like ‘Oh My God!!! He did a Gandalf!!!!’ Uh oh :S

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595 Points

Translation of what @samhinrichs678 said, in case Mr. Gambon does read through this thread:

“Oh No… quick get [a nurse]! and Snape so he can make some [medicine]!! Call [The Hospital]! do something!!! lol”

In all seriousness…have a fast and speedy recovery, Michael!

Posted by MJLeakyCon on October 02, 2009, 01:58 PM report to moderator
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507 Points

get well soon

Posted by lilmisssnape on October 02, 2009, 02:38 PM report to moderator
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180 Points

get well soon

Posted by Ganduean-Vampiress on October 02, 2009, 02:57 PM report to moderator
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1189 Points

hope he gets well soon

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on October 02, 2009, 02:57 PM report to moderator
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16258 Points

im glad hes getting better. i dont want him to not be able to not be Dumbledore in DH because hes too sick.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on October 02, 2009, 03:02 PM report to moderator
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654 Points

I hope he get’s well soon
But honestly, I’m sure they’d make sure he was in DH

Posted by mjkalldaway (ROAR) on October 02, 2009, 03:03 PM report to moderator
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654 Points

sunlitdays what is that supposed to mean? I’m not the biggest fan of Gambon either but you have to want him to be back as Dumbledore in the movies!

Posted by mjkalldaway (ROAR) on October 02, 2009, 03:05 PM report to moderator
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1420 Points

i hope he gets well

Posted by alicia00 on October 02, 2009, 03:33 PM report to moderator
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Glad to see such positive comments, I was half expecting to see the usual crap that is on such threads.

Personally he’s one of my favourite actors and I love his Dumbledore. He is truly brilliant on the stage. I saw him last year alongside David Bradley (Filch) who btw was also brilliant in the play.

I hope it really isn’t too serious and that he is up and about in a few weeks.

Posted by anne1 on October 02, 2009, 03:38 PM report to moderator
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212 Points

Get well soon sir!

Posted by mini bagel on October 02, 2009, 03:42 PM report to moderator
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5180 Points

good luck to both of them!

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on October 02, 2009, 03:52 PM report to moderator
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2333 Points

Aw get better!

Posted by theREALGinnyWeasley on October 02, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator
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