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Freddie Fox Taking Over in Romeo & Juliet Full Time at the Garrick Theatre

Friday, 5th Aug 2016  

Recently it emerged that Richard Madden had been forced to step away from the ongoing production of Romeo & Juliet, currently playing at the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season, with Freddie Fox taking on the part of the iconic male lead in his absence.

It was expected that Once Madden had made a recovery from an ankle injury he sustained that he would be able to return to the part and see it through to the show’s end this month. However, new reports indicate that this is no longer to be the case. Madden will not return to the role of Romeo and so Freddie Fox will remain in the part through to its closing night.

Romeo & Juliet is one of many Shakespearean productions playing in London this year, with 2016 being the 400 year anniversary of the Bard’s death. The tale of star-crossed lovers stars Lily James in the other title role and is directed by Kenneth Branagh himself.

Prior to initially joining Romeo & Juliet, Madden was known for roles in the likes of Game Of Thrones and Cinderella, the latter seeing him work with James and Branagh for the big screen. He also appeared in Hope Springs, Birdsong, Klondike, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and a previous production of Romeo & Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Meanwhile, his replacement Freddie Fox has also appeared in numerous previous shows and played Romeo in another production of Romeo & Juliet at the Sheffield Crucible last year. His other credits include Travesties, later this year at the Menier Chocolate Factory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Southwark Playhouse, The Judas Kiss at the Hampstead Theatre and Cause Celebre at the Old Vic. Audiences might also recognise him from Victor Frankenstein and The Three Musketeers.

Theatregoers do not have long left to witness the ongoing production of Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production continues at the West End venue until Saturday 13th August 2016, after which the company then presents The Entertainer at the same location.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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