Game Of Thrones star Iain Glen has been forced to pull out of the Old Vic’s hit play FORTUNE’S FOOL due to an unknown illness.

Understudy Patrick Cremin has been standing in for 52-year-old Glen for the last week, but doctors advised he should not return for medical reasons. William Houston has now been cast to replace him in the role of ‘Kuzovkin’, opposite Olivier Award winner Richard McCabe as ‘Tropatchov’.

In an official statement, an Old Vic Theatre spokesman said: “Unfortunately Iain Glen is unwell and has been advised by his doctor to withdraw from FORTUNE’S FOOL in order to regain his full health. We are delighted to announce that William Houston will be taking on the role of Kuzovkin and in the meantime, Iain’s understudy, Patrick Cremin continues to give a sterling performance.” Having opened at the beginning of last month to rave reviews, “everyone at The Old Vic wish Iain a speedy recovery and thank William for stepping into the role at short notice.”

The classically trained Houston, 45, has appeared on stage opposite Nicole Kidman in the 1998 production of The Blue Room, in Sir Peter Hall’s production of Euripides’ Bacchai at the National Theatre, as well as Troilus and Cressida, Henry IV, Henry V, Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, and most recently Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His films include Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

At the Old Vic until 22 February 2014, book your FORTUNE’S FOOL tickets today!

March 1st, 2014 Theatre admin
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