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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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Get Well soon!! :)

Posted by MiliMalfoy [FTC!] on October 02, 2009, 11:07 AM report to moderator
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Oh no! I hope he’ll be OK…

Posted by Professor Cassandra *~WBM~* on October 02, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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woo first! for the first time! =D

Posted by MiliMalfoy [FTC!] on October 02, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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I really do not understand how Gambon and Griffin could possibly portray the same role, but eh whatever.

Posted by GreenLightening on October 02, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
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It should also be noted that Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) is in the cast.

Posted by dhblubber on October 02, 2009, 11:09 AM report to moderator
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And by “Griffin” I clearly meant “Griffiths”. Ack.

Posted by GreenLightening on October 02, 2009, 11:09 AM report to moderator
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I really hope he gets better soon!!

Posted by tubaturtle on October 02, 2009, 11:12 AM report to moderator
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Aw! Get better soon, professor!

Posted by anorexicduck on October 02, 2009, 11:13 AM report to moderator
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@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 thing

Posted by Jeannine on October 02, 2009, 11:19 AM report to moderator
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and …..this is a play ….not Harry Potter characters this is referring to.

Posted by Jeannine on October 02, 2009, 11:20 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on October 02, 2009, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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Hope he gets better soon!

Posted by on October 02, 2009, 11:27 AM report to moderator
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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! :)

Posted by hpfan88{ROAR} on October 02, 2009, 11:29 AM report to moderator
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Healing Energies—→>>Michael Gambon<<<—-Healing Energies

May you have a speedy recovery Michael

Posted by Catherine_R_Williams on October 02, 2009, 11:34 AM report to moderator
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Get well soon.

Posted by budgie on October 02, 2009, 11:37 AM report to moderator
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