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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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310 Points

That worried me for a second… :) Get well soon!

Posted by accioangela on October 03, 2009, 02:58 AM report to moderator
239 Points

Take care.

Posted by gemini_black on October 03, 2009, 03:38 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

Aww get well soon Michael.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 03, 2009, 03:59 AM report to moderator
230 Points

Hopefully he gets better, we need him!

Posted by weasleymyking on October 03, 2009, 09:19 AM report to moderator
4056 Points

Get well soon, Mr.Gambon!

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on October 03, 2009, 09:32 AM report to moderator
1479 Points

GET WELL SOON! Your great!

Posted by magicmaniac on October 03, 2009, 10:27 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Glad he’s feeling at least a bit better:)

Posted by kayzz on October 03, 2009, 11:32 AM report to moderator

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 !

Posted by Beazle on October 03, 2009, 11:51 AM report to moderator
397 Points

Hope he gets well soon.

Posted by spiritbound on October 03, 2009, 01:05 PM report to moderator
153 Points

Get well soon Michael!

Posted by blue_rogue on October 03, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
328 Points

Darn, my cane toad soup didn’t do the trick. Hmmm…

Posted by Gwynog'srabbit on October 03, 2009, 06:28 PM report to moderator
4007 Points

yikes! I hope Gambon gets well soon!

Posted by KC Nox on October 03, 2009, 06:57 PM report to moderator
1549 Points

take care. get well soon. hoping to see you as albus dumbledore in the 7th movie.

Posted by vampressISap0tter *ROAR* on October 04, 2009, 02:38 AM report to moderator
2538 Points

Get well soon… sends some chicken soup

Posted by Mrs.Brisby on October 04, 2009, 10:38 AM report to moderator
6690 Points

feel better dumblydore

Posted by levi-OH-sa, not levio-SA [neville♥myhero] on October 04, 2009, 02:22 PM report to moderator
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