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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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109 Comments

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get better soon!!

Posted by HPandtheDA007 on October 02, 2009, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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I hope he gets well soon, I love Micheal Gambon!

Posted by Broborn on October 02, 2009, 04:37 PM report to moderator
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Get well!!!!!

Posted by humbert0 on October 02, 2009, 04:43 PM report to moderator
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Get well soon!!

Posted by moony_lupin on October 02, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator
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I’m glad it’s nothing serious, and good work Sue!!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on October 02, 2009, 04:47 PM report to moderator
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Get well son. Hope to see you back filming shortly.

Posted by KiwiBrian on October 02, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by izziewitch on October 02, 2009, 04:56 PM report to moderator
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um wow…vernon playing dumbledore…?

and get well soon mr. gambon!

Posted by chocolaterabbits on October 02, 2009, 05:29 PM report to moderator
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Good thing it’s only minor. And Richard Griffiths is great, so yay!

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on October 02, 2009, 05:34 PM report to moderator
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At least he’ll be back for the last movie.

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on October 02, 2009, 05:50 PM report to moderator
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get well Micheal!

Posted by Loveforluna on October 02, 2009, 06:10 PM report to moderator
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Oh I do hope he gets well soon!!!! They’re sure it’s just a minor illness right???

Posted by nevertickleasleepingdragon on October 02, 2009, 06:22 PM report to moderator
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Get Well Soon!

Posted by Huffleclaw65 on October 02, 2009, 07:18 PM report to moderator
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Get well soon, Mr. Gambon!! Even if you REFUSE to read those Harry Potter books darn we still love you:]

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on October 02, 2009, 07:18 PM report to moderator
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I was really hoping they’d get a better actor for Dumbledore in DH but ah well.
Posted by siriuslysirius11 {*SQUEE*} on October 02, 2009, 08:02 PM report to moderator
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