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Robert Hardy pulls out of Gielgud theatre's production of The Audience

26 February 2013 8:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Edward Fox steps in to play opposite Helen Mirren in Peter Morgan's play after Robert Hardy stands down due to injury

Bafta-winning actor Robert Hardy has pulled out of The Audience at the Gielgud theatre, London, in which he was playing Winston Churchill opposite Helen Mirren's Elizabeth II, as a result of an injury.

The 87-year-old appeared in all last week's preview performances, despite cracking his ribs in a recent fall, but has since "reluctantly decided to stand down". Churchill will now be played by Edward Fox.

Peter Morgan's play, which will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in June, shows a series of the Queen's weekly meetings with the prime ministers who have held office during her reign.

Hardy has played Churchill on seven previous occasions, most notably in the television series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, for which he won a Bafta. According to The Audience's designer Bob Crowley, »

- Matt Trueman

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