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


Oct 02, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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.

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

Avatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: Get Well soon!! :)Avatar ImageProfessor Cassandra says: Oh no! I hope he'll be OK...Avatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: woo first! for the first time! =DAvatar ImageGreenLightening says: I really do not understand how Gambon and Griffin could possibly portray the same role, but eh whatever.Avatar Imagedhblubber says: It should also be noted that Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) is in the cast.Avatar ImageGreenLightening says: And by "Griffin" I clearly meant "Griffiths". Ack. Avatar Imagetubaturtle says: I really hope he gets better soon!!Avatar Imageanorexicduck says: Aw! Get better soon, professor!Avatar ImageJeannine says: @GreenLightening...Gambon and Grittihs are both actors ...no reason why they can't portray the same character.....they are both performers and know thier craft....HOPE Gambon GETS WELL SOON... that is the important thingAvatar ImageJeannine says: and .....this is a play ....not Harry Potter characters this is referring to.Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Glad to hear it's only a "minor illness" requiring rest for a couple of weeks. We all wish you a full and speedy recovery.Avatar ImageMydrgnfly says: Hope he gets better soon! Avatar Imagehpfan20 says: I'm also glad it's only a minor illness. I do hope this doesn't affect the filming schedule too much but if it does then at least it's because of him getting the rest he needs to get better. Get well soon! :)Avatar ImageCatherine_R_Williams says: Healing Energies--->>>Michael Gambon<<<---Healing Energies ~May you have a speedy recovery Michael~Avatar Imagebudgie says: Get well soon.Avatar Imageprotoj76 says: Get well soon!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: i really hope its only minor!! I don't want to lose another fantastic actor this year :( Or another Dumbledore :(Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: Get well very very very soon!Avatar ImageDrome says: Ooh. :'<<< Get well soon!Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: GET WELL SOON!! <3Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: I am so happy to hear that he will be okay :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Get better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageRubyHagrid says: I hope he gets better asap =) Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Get well soon, Mr Gambon!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Selfishly I am delighted at the update on the news item. I wish Sir Michael a speedy recovery from his illness and I hope that he realises that he made a lot of Harry Potter fans very anxious for his welfare. Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Hope he gets to feeling better! Glad to hear it's only a minor illness as well. :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Wishing you a speedy recovery Sir Michael!Avatar ImageeiVega says: woah...seeing the headline 'Michael Gambon taken ill" really scared me. We can't lose Dumbledore AGAIN. And not to be shallow-obviously, the movie set aside, it is always sad to hear of anyone sick. I hope he does get better soon. We all wish him a speedy recovery.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Whatever it is that is afflicting him, I hope he recovers from it as soon as possible and starts to feel better!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Get well soon !! All the bestAvatar Imagesunlitdays says: so he will be back to film as dumbers? crapAvatar Imagesamhinrichs678 says: Oh No... quick get Madame Pomfrey! and Snape so he can make some healing potions!! Call St. Mungo's! do something!!! lolAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: 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 :SAvatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: 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!Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: get well soonAvatar ImageGanduean-Vampiress says: get well soonAvatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: hope he gets well soonAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: im glad hes getting better. i dont want him to not be able to not be Dumbledore in DH because hes too sick.Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: I hope he get's well soon But honestly, I'm sure they'd make sure he was in DHAvatar Imagemjkalldaway says: 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!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: i hope he gets wellAvatar Imageanne1 says: 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.Avatar Imagemini bagel says: Get well soon sir!Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: good luck to both of them! Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Aw get better! Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: get better soon!!Avatar ImageBroborn says: I hope he gets well soon, I love Micheal Gambon!Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: Get well!!!!!Avatar Imagemoony_lupin says: Get well soon!! Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: I'm glad it's nothing serious, and good work Sue!!!Avatar ImageKiwiBrian says: Get well son. Hope to see you back filming shortly.Avatar Imageizziewitch says: That was a bit scary, wasn't it? Much as I dislike Gambon, I wouldn't want him to miss the last HP film. Glad it's only a minor illness. Hope he's better real soon.Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: um wow...vernon playing dumbledore...? and get well soon mr. gambon! Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Good thing it's only minor. And Richard Griffiths is great, so yay!Avatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: At least he'll be back for the last movie.Avatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: get well Micheal! Avatar Imagenevertickleasleepingdragon says: Oh I do hope he gets well soon!!!! They're sure it's just a minor illness right???Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: Get Well Soon!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Get well soon, Mr. Gambon!! Even if you REFUSE to read those Harry Potter books -darn- we still love you:]Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: I was really hoping they'd get a better actor for Dumbledore in DH but ah well.Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: I don't get it... there's kind of a big difference between these two dudes... why wouldn't they pick someone who looks more similar? Any who... I hope he gets better :(Avatar Imagerenaeofgriffindor says: I hope this isn't one of those things that tells you that he just has a bad bronchitis or something then we find out later that he has lung CA..O my word...Avatar Image42sk8ter says: GET WELL SOON!!! Avatar ImageLloyd says: Don't die Gambon, first you need to read the books!Avatar Imagesuperman82 says: Hope you feel better soon.Avatar ImageLoyalGryffindor90 says: Get well soon, Sir Michael.Avatar ImagearnoldismyHERO says: Eh, Michael Gambon is okay, but I like Richard Harris better. I mean, Gambon didn't even read the books! I understand how that might help acting in some situations, but reading the books would give him such a deeper meaning of his character! He's a loser, he can stay sick for all I care. Maybe then he'll have time to read the damn books...Avatar ImagearnoldismyHERO says: Eh, Michael Gambon is okay, but I like Richard Harris better. I mean, Gambon didn't even read the books! I understand how that might help acting in some situations, but reading the books would give him such a deeper meaning of his character! He's a loser, he can stay sick for all I care. Maybe then he'll have time to read the damn books...Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Get well soon, Gambon! :o( Break a leg, Griffiths! :o)Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Be well, Sir Michael. Good Karma and energies....Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: arnoldismyHERO...highly uncalled for. The man is ill....this is not about wether or not he read the books, or how you think he should have played the character...etc.Please save your vitriol for another time.Avatar ImageCatherine says: oh, Dumbledore #2, our thoughts and prayers and hopes are out to you for a speedy recovery!Avatar ImageCatherine says: and arnoldismyHERO was that really neccisary. the man is sick! you dont wish ill tidings upon someone just because you dont like him! have some respect for someone who is not feeling well and wish them well! that was completely disrespectful and rude.Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: I hope 'minor' illness, doesn't turn into 'major'. Get well soon, Professor!:)Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: We don't want another Dumbledore to 'go'. Or else I'll call the character cursed. Avatar Imagepotterforpresident says: That worried me for a second... :) Get well soon!Avatar Imagegemini_black says: Take care.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Aww get well soon Michael.Avatar Imageweasleymyking says: Hopefully he gets better, we need him!Avatar ImageFifi says: Get well soon, Mr.Gambon!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: GET WELL SOON! Your great!Avatar Imagekayzz says: Glad he's feeling at least a bit better:)Avatar ImageBeazle says: Of course, I hope he gets better soon BUT there was one too many "beloved" in Sue's report. Dumbledore is indeed beloved....Gambon's performance of Dumbledore certainly is NOT !Avatar Imagespiritbound says: Hope he gets well soon. Avatar Imageblue_rogue says: Get well soon Michael!Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: Darn, my cane toad soup didn't do the trick. Hmmm...Avatar ImageKC Nox says: yikes! I hope Gambon gets well soon!Avatar ImagevampressISap0tter says: take care. get well soon. hoping to see you as albus dumbledore in the 7th movie.Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: Get well soon... *sends some chicken soup*Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: feel better dumblydoreAvatar ImageBrosia23 says: Get well soon. I am sending get better rays as we speak.Avatar Imageloseyouslowly says: i hope he gets well soon.Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Get Well Soon... Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Get Well Soon... Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Get Well Soon... Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: get betterAvatar Imagehewy says: Hope all will be tip top very soon!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: it's good that he's better :] Avatar Imageemdash84 says: praying for you Mr. Gambon.Avatar Imagekikib says: Get well soon. Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I'm glad to hear he's getting better and will be able to continue his role in the Harry Potter film. Avatar ImageLupinAscending says: Get well, Mr. Gambon. Loved you in Gosford Park!Avatar ImageLeeann says: I hope he gets well soon. It seems like everyone is sick =(Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: get better michael! we need you! and you need your health!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: His role in the DH movies shouldn't be too taxing for him because he's only a portrait. Get well soon! :DAvatar Imagealegria35 says: get well soon mr. Gambon..Avatar ImageHermioneWwannabe says: get well soon :)Avatar ImageHermioneWwannabe says: get well soon :)Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Glad he's feeling better!

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