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Iain Glen Leaving Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic Theatre

Tuesday, 14th Jan 2014  

Doctor’s Advice Means the Actor to be Replaced by William Houston in the Upcoming Production

In October it was revealed that Richard McCabe and Iain Glen would be appearing in the UK premiere of Fortunes’s Fool at the Old Vic Theatre. The Russian play had already been seen on Broadway and there was anticipation for its turn in London, but now it has returned to the spotlight as it is announced that Glen will no longer be appearing as Kusovkin in the production.

The play, which takes place over the course of 24 hours, is a satire that focuses on Russian society in the 1800s. Glen was to portray Kusovkin, a resident of an estate and former owner,to McCabe’s Tropatchov, a wealthy neighbour. The latter dislikes Kusovkin and whilst dining together he encourages him to drink as much as possible, which leads to Kusovkin revealing things to him that he should not. As a result Tropatchov happens upon a shocking secret that could have wide and profound results.

The play was penned in the 19th century, but it was not until 2002 that it gained its Broadway premiere, leading to wins at the subsequent Tony Awards ceremony. Now, since December 2013, it has been playing London and though Glen has stepped down William Houston is set to replace him, whilst understudy Patrick Cremin plays the part of Kusovkin whilst he prepares.

Glen is a well known actor and those that have picked up theatre tickets to see the show up to now will have seen an actor they recognise from the stage and screen, with credits like Game Of Thrones, Doctor Who and the Resident Evil movies. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award in 2006 when he appeared in a production of The Crucible for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In addition to Houston (or Cremin, for now) and McCabe, audiences seeing Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic will also see performances from Alexander Vlahos, Janet Fullerlove, Dyfan Dwyfor, Paul Ham, Richard Henders and Simon Markey. Lucy Bailey directs from Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s script.

Fortune’s Fool continues at the Old Vic until Saturday 22nd February 2014.

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