Update on October 3: Since this article was published it has been confirmed that press night has been pushed back from October 21. It was originally scheduled for October 15.
Samantha Bond has withdrawn from the Almeida Theatre’s forthcoming production of Vassa after suffering a back injury.
The title role will now be played by Siobhan Redmond.
As a result, the play’s first two preview dates – on October 5 and 7 – have been cancelled.
Vassa, by Maxim Gorky, is adapted by Mike Bartlett and directed by Tinuke Craig.
The theatre said: “Unfortunately, due to a back injury Samantha Bond has reluctantly had to withdraw from the Almeida’s forthcoming production of Vassa following medical advice. The part will now be played by Siobhan Redmond.”
It added: “As a result of this, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the first two preview performances (Saturday October 5 and Monday October 7). Bookers for these two performances will be contacted by the Almeida box office to rearrange their tickets.”