Illness Means Tim Curry Leaves Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Rocky Horror Star Steps Down from the West End Production Following Its Run at the Chichester Festival Theatre
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” has been running at the Chichester Festival Theatre ahead of its appearance in the West End’s Haymarket Theatre and amongst the high profile cast members appearing in the production is Tim Curry. But it has now been announced that Curry will be stepping down from the production due to ill health, meaning that he will not be appearing in further shows at the Chichester, nor the upcoming West End transfer.
Instead Chris Andrew Mellon, Curry’s understudy, will be taking on the role though the producers are also considering further options down the line.
Tim Curry is a well known British actor whose best known work is from the high profile West End musical “The Rocky Horror Show”, plus its big-screen adaptation “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. In addition to these roles he has also appeared in various other productions in the international theatre scene, including work at The National Theatre and on Broadway. His other well known work has been with the Monty Python musical “Spamalot”, for which he was nominated for Tony Awards and for a Laurence Olivier Award, whilst screen credits include the recent “Burke and Hare”.
Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is a unique take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and instead of telling the story from the point of view of the Danish prince we instead focus on the two courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who argue and bicker through proceedings. At the same time the play is able to look at the pointlessness of their existence within this world, whilst their treatment at the hands of Prince Hamlet comes across as absurd when told from their perspective.
The play was first witnessed by audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the 1960s and has since become a popular production, attracting many admirers and inviting favourable comparisons to the work of Samuel Beckett.
Whilst Curry is out of the production, it still retains Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker, famous for appearing in “The History Boys” alongside James Corden (who also returns to the stage in “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Lyttelton National Theatre).
Crowds can purchase Theatre Tickets and witness “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 21st June 2011 (with previews from Thursday 16th June 2011) until Saturday 20th August 2011.