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Richard Madden withdraws from Romeo and Juliet following medical advice

Lily James and Richard Madden, who will star in Romeo and Juliet next year at the Garrick Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson Lily James and Richard Madden, Photo: Johan Persson
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Richard Madden has pulled out of Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet completely following medical advice.

The role of Romeo will be played by Freddie Fox, who joined the production last month after both Madden and his understudy, Tom Hanson, had to withdraw because of injuries suffered offstage.

At that time, Madden had expressed hope he would be able to return to the play after suffering an ankle injury while running. However, a statement from the producers said: “Although Richard is expected to make a full recovery, the injury to Richard’s ankle has not healed as quickly as hoped, and as a result his doctors have prescribed further rest which makes it impossible for him to return to the stage before the production closes.”

Fox joined the company on July 26 following two days of rehearsals.

The show, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, completes its run at the Garrick Theatre on August 13.

It is part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick, which is produced by Fiery Angel.