Glenis­ter pulls out of role af­ter stage scare

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Steve Bird at the

CON­CERNED fans of the ac­tor Robert Glenis­ter are send­ing him their best wishes af­ter he had to pull out of a lead­ing role in a West End show af­ter be­ing taken ill on stage.

On Fri­day, the­atre­go­ers de­scribed how he “froze” mid-per­for­mance, slumped his head in his hands and some au­di­ence mem­bers re­ported that he ap­peared up­set, forc­ing stage man­agers to bring the cur­tain down on the play, Glengarry Glen Ross, for 30 min­utes.

He re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion at the Play­house The­atre in Lon­don and an un­der­study stepped in to play his part in the award­win­ning David Mamet play.

Although it was hoped Glenis­ter would be well enough to re­turn for yes­ter­day’s mati­nee and evening per­for­mance, the 57-yearold star of Spooks and Hus­tle bowed out. A no­tice the­atre said “due to the in­dis­po­si­tion of Robert Glenis­ter the role of Dave Moss will be played by Mark Carlisle.”

It emerged that two weeks ago Glenis­ter had fallen ill dur­ing a pre­view of the play when it was said that he shouted “Oh God”, clutched his chest and re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

It was un­clear whether Glenis­ter had merely suf­fered stage fright or se­ri­ous phys­i­cal ill­ness.

A spokesman is­sued a state­ment ex­plain­ing that Glenis­ter be­came “un­well” dur­ing Fri­day’s per­for­mance, adding that he was now “feel­ing bet­ter and … will re­turn soon”.

The cast, in­clud­ing Chris­tian Slater, Kris Mar­shall, Stan­ley Townsend and Don War­ring­ton, ar­rived early yes­ter­day to re­hearse with the un­der­study be­fore the day’s shows. It was un­clear whether Glenis­ter would be well enough to re­turn for to­mor­row’s per­for­mance.

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