Charles Lawson has pulled out of performances of Rebus: Long Shadows after collapsing on stage at the opening night on October 8.
The production’s press company was not able to say when Lawson would return, but told The Stage he would be “back on stage as soon as possible”.
Neil McKinven is performing the role of Rebus in Lawson’s absence, with Andy Paterson taking over his several minor roles in the play’s first half.
The Scottish premiere of the Ian Rankin-Rona Munro collaboration Rebus: Long Shadows was paused when Lawson fell ill early in the second half.
The incident occurred when Lawson, appearing to be in distress, called for a line from the prompt.
After several attempts to continue he said: “I’m sorry, I feel faint”, before collapsing into a chair, then being helped from the stage by his fellow performers.
The production at the Edinburgh King’s Theatre continued after a 10-minute hiatus, with McKinven performing the role of retired police detective John Rebus with script in hand.
Coronation Street actor Lawson was given first aid in his dressing room and sent in a taxi back to his Edinburgh digs. However his doctors advised him not to take to the stage on the following day, and he remained unable to perform in either the matinee or evening performance on October 10.
The Birmingham Rep production is on an eight venue tour, opening at the rep in September and continuing until November 24.