Taron Egerton has pulled out of the lead role in his West End play for “personal reasons”.
he Rocketman star, 32, appeared in a revival of Mike Bartlett’s 2009 play Cock at London’s Ambassadors Theatre.
However, he has been plagued by difficulties since the start of the run in March – passing out on the first night and later testing positive for Covid-19.
He will be replaced for the remainder of the run through June 4 by his understudy Joel Harper-Jackson, who has filled in on both occasions.
A statement from the producers said: “The role in this production was originally played by Taron Egerton, who has had to retire from the production for personal reasons.
“Joel understudied the role and has played the role of M for the last 10 days while Taron was absent from production after testing positive for Covid.”
Director Marianne Elliott said, “Joel is an absolute hero. He is a brilliant and gifted actor and took on the role at extremely short notice.
“The audience stood and cheered, and so did I.”
Co-star Jonathan Bailey, who also stars in Bridgerton, added: “Joel is an immense talent and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board. I’m proud to continue to be on stage with him.”
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During the show’s opening night, Egerton fainted onstage and was treated by a doctor in the audience, with Harper-Jackson stepping in to finish the play.
After the first incident, Egerton assured fans that he was “perfectly fine” but suffered “a sore throat and a bruised ego.”
He vowed to be “back with a vengeance” and thanked Harper-Jackson.
Last week he was forced to withdraw from the game again after testing positive for Covid-19.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/taron-egerton-drops-out-of-west-end-play-due-to-personal-reasons-41514133.html Taron Egerton is leaving the West End for ‘personal reasons’