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Joel Gillman pulls out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest due to illness

Joel Gillman in rehearsals for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Photo: Mark Douet

Sheffield Theatres’ production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has lost its second leading cast member in the space of a week, after Joel Gillman was forced to withdraw due to ill health.

Gillman, who was playing the role of RP McMurphy in Javaad Alipoor’s production, has pulled out of the show with immediate effect and will be replaced by Harry Egan.

Egan was previously playing Aide Warren, and his role will be taken over by new company member Paul Tinto.

The latest cast changes come just days after Lucy Black was was forced to withdraw [1]from the role of Nurse Ratched due to an injury. She was replaced by Jenny Livsey.

The next performance, on June 19, has been cancelled to allow the new cast to rehearse, and the show will resume for the matinee on June 20.

Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Robert Hastie said: “We’re sorry that Joel was unable to continue in the show and wish him well. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is attracting wonderful comments from audiences and critics alike and we are incredibly proud of the show.

“I am so pleased that we can continue to tell this important story thanks to Harry Egan stepping in to the role of RP McMurphy and Paul Tinto joining the company.”