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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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3560 Points

Get well soon. I am sending get better rays as we speak.

Posted by Brosia, OoM 2 [WBM] on October 04, 2009, 06:56 PM report to moderator
42 Points

i hope he gets well soon.

Posted by loseyouslowly on October 04, 2009, 07:22 PM report to moderator
2224 Points

Get Well Soon…

Posted by on October 05, 2009, 05:03 AM report to moderator
2224 Points

Get Well Soon…

Posted by on October 05, 2009, 05:03 AM report to moderator
2224 Points

Get Well Soon…

Posted by on October 05, 2009, 05:03 AM report to moderator
2570 Points

get better

Posted by madman1277 on October 05, 2009, 06:07 AM report to moderator
1317 Points

Hope all will be tip top very soon!

Posted by hewy on October 05, 2009, 11:11 AM report to moderator
4151 Points

it’s good that he’s better :]

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on October 05, 2009, 11:12 AM report to moderator
226 Points

praying for you Mr. Gambon.

Posted by emdash84 on October 05, 2009, 11:58 AM report to moderator
32 Points

Get well soon.

Posted by kikib on October 05, 2009, 12:03 PM report to moderator
889 Points

I’m glad to hear he’s getting better and will be able to continue his role in the Harry Potter film.

Posted by molly43 on October 05, 2009, 04:38 PM report to moderator
1143 Points

Get well, Mr. Gambon. Loved you in Gosford Park!

Posted by LupinAscending [WBM] on October 05, 2009, 07:50 PM report to moderator
3153 Points

I hope he gets well soon. It seems like everyone is sick =(

Posted by Leeann on October 05, 2009, 11:51 PM report to moderator
3187 Points

get better michael! we need you! and you need your health!

Posted by harrygetsme on October 06, 2009, 02:23 AM report to moderator
23764 Points

His role in the DH movies shouldn’t be too taxing for him because he’s only a portrait. Get well soon! :D

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on October 06, 2009, 10:02 AM report to moderator
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