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Menier Christmas show set back by star’s illness

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The Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas production of La Cage aux Folles has again delayed its opening, due to the illness of leading man Douglas Hodge. 

The musical revival’s press night has been postponed until January 9, while previews are now going ahead with understudy Spencer Stafford playing the role of Albin.

A statement issued by the production said: “During rehearsals Mr Hodge contracted a chest infection which resulted in bronchitis across both lungs and caused a severe bronchospasm. He hopes to return to the production in mid-December.”