Jimmy Osmond has been forced to pull out of a pantomime in Birmingham after suffering a stroke.
A press statement from the Birmingham Hippodrome said that Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with the stroke after “pushing through” the evening performance of Peter Pan on December 27.
The statement added: “He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year.”
Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day is to replace Osmond in the role of Captain Hook later in the week.
Osmond’s understudy Luke Redford will continue to cover the role while Day rehearses.
Birmingham Hippodrome artistic director and chief executive Fiona Allan said: “Everyone here at Birmingham Hippodrome has been deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s sudden illness.
“Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming. He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff. We all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
Peter Pan, which also stars Meera Syal, Matt Slack and Jaymi Hensley, runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until January 27.