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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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49 Points

Get well soon!

Posted by protoj76 on October 02, 2009, 11:46 AM report to moderator
7475 Points

i really hope its only minor!!

I don’t want to lose another fantastic actor this year :(

Or another Dumbledore :(

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on October 02, 2009, 11:54 AM report to moderator
1397 Points

Get well very very very soon!

Posted by Blatcher(ROAR) on October 02, 2009, 11:56 AM report to moderator
2702 Points

Ooh. :’<<< Get well soon!

Posted by Mairéad on October 02, 2009, 11:57 AM report to moderator
1812 Points


Posted by Freya-Storm on October 02, 2009, 12:24 PM report to moderator
545 Points

I am so happy to hear that he will be okay :)

Posted by Nicci Weasley on October 02, 2009, 12:28 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Get better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 02, 2009, 12:30 PM report to moderator
90 Points

I hope he gets better asap =)

Posted by Ruby Hagrid {WBM} on October 02, 2009, 12:31 PM report to moderator
2579 Points

Get well soon, Mr Gambon!

Posted by Wendelin the Weird on October 02, 2009, 12:39 PM report to moderator
923 Points

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.

Posted by Graymayne on October 02, 2009, 12:42 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Hope he gets to feeling better! Glad to hear it’s only a minor illness as well. :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on October 02, 2009, 12:59 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Wishing you a speedy recovery Sir Michael!

Posted by Won_Two on October 02, 2009, 01:13 PM report to moderator
1067 Points

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.

Posted by eiVega on October 02, 2009, 01:21 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

Whatever it is that is afflicting him, I hope he recovers from it as soon as possible and starts to feel better!

Posted by Kirk on October 02, 2009, 01:33 PM report to moderator
2417 Points

Get well soon !! All the best

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on October 02, 2009, 01:36 PM report to moderator
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