Serious’s John Whaite ‘heartbroken’ on West End debut as Prince Charming is unexpectedly attacked
John Whaite tells fans his dream is not over yet despite finding out he will no longer play Prince Charming in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
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John Whaite was left devastated after his West End debut went awry on Sunday.
The former star of the serious TV show was slated to take on the role of Prince Charming in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cinderella, but he released a statement on his Instagram explaining that the that won’t be the case anymore.
John’s note was in response to earlier news of the announcement of the closure, and he wrote on his Instagram Stories: “This is heartbreaking news for me as I will be taking on the role of Prince Charming next year. July, but so much more for the current cast, band, and producer, who have battled Covid to deliver a dazzling new performance on stage.
“My heart goes out for each of them.
“I was lucky enough to see Cinderella in December 2021 and it was one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time.”
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He concluded his post, which included the headline announcing the closure: “I’m so excited to be joining the cast, and it’s been a lifelong dream come true, but sadly it wasn’t. now.”
“Who knows what the future holds – I won’t lose hope.”
Carrie Hope, who plays Cinderella in the film, also took to social media to express her disappointment.
She wrote: “I don’t think I have the words.
“And if I did, I would probably be advised not to say them. Sending love to all who are affected by the daily news and the way that news is delivered.”
On Sunday, it was reported that a performance at the Gillian Lynne Theater in Covent Garden in London had ceased production.
Fans of the film were unimpressed with the announcement and also took to Twitter to express their feelings when they discovered some of the actors only knew the news via social media.
One user commented: “No. It’s not. It’s a shame that a future cast and some present find themselves on Twitter! The industry needs to catch that with F** *ery like this.
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“Sending love to the current and future cast of @ALWCinderella who have been disgustingly disappointed.”
Another, who is a talent agent, wrote: “Find out on Twitter, yes TWITTER before I can tell my client (one is their West End Debut) that @ALWCinderella has been cancelled. … NOT the way I want to spend my Bank Holiday Sunday, yes SUNDAY And that’s not even all!
“Enough is enough!”
The show is still set to open on Broadway next year, but it is reported that “every aspect of the production” will be altered prior to its appearance.
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