A leading West End performer has stepped down from her role in Mamma Mia! due to health reasons.
Georgia Louise has been playing Sophie in Mamma Mia! for the past eight months, but announced on Twitter she was leaving the show because of her asthma, which has left her hospitalised in recent weeks.
She said the decision to leave had caused her pain and heartache but added: “I care too much about the show, cast and crew to let my absence keep affecting them”.
“I have suffered with asthma all of my life, but only recently has it become so severe that I have been frequently hospitalised and left unable to perform. I will take time away from the show to focus on my health and hope to make a full recovery so that I can return to the career I love,” she said.
Louise added that she would be looking for “less physically exerting roles” while she returns to full health and said she would be working with Asthma UK on fundraising events, including concerts.
She said being asked to play the role at the age of 21 was a “dream come true”.
A spokeswoman for the show said: “It is with regret that, due to health reasons, Georgia Louise has made the difficult decision to step down from the role of Sophie Sheridan at the Novello Theatre. We are extremely grateful to Georgia for her time on Mamma Mia! and wish her the very best in her recovery to continue her great career in musical theatre.”
Lucy May Barker will play the role of Sophie from March 2019.