Mark Rylance to replace Richard Briers in Endgame

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Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance is to take over the role of Hamm in Complicite’s forthcoming London revival of Endgame, after Richard Briers and Adrian Scarborough both pulled out of the production’s original cast.

Simon McBurney, who directs, will now also take on the role of Clov from Scarborough.

According to a statement from producers, “Scarborough, who was to play Clov until October 23, felt it necessary to withdraw from the role due to over-committing himself for the forthcoming months. As it was a long held ambition of Richard Briers’ to play Hamm alongside Scarborough – they first talked about collaborating on the production when they worked together in The Wind in the Willows at the National – he has, after much consideration and with great regret, with the producer’s full support and understanding, decided not to continue with the production.”

Members of the public who have booked tickets to see Endgame with Briers and Scarborough can apply to their point of sale for a full refund before the October 2, 2009 should they no longer wish to see the production because of the change of cast.

Because of the cast change, the show will now open at the Duchess Theatre on October 15, following previews from October 2 and will run until December 5. The show had original been due to preview from September 18.

Designs are by Tim Hatley, with costumes by Christina Cunningham, and sound by Christopher Shutt. Endgame is produced by Complicite, Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer.