The forthcoming Sheffield Theatres production of Kay Mellor's one-woman play A Passionate Woman has been postponed due to its star Lynda Bellingham being diagnosed with cancer.

Lynda Bellingham in the poster image for A Passionate Woman
Lynda Bellingham in the poster image for A Passionate Woman
The production was due to play at the Sheffield Lyceum from 10-21 September 2013 ahead of a national tour.

According to a press statement, "Lynda Bellingham has been diagnosed with cancer, and has been advised that due to medical treatment it would not be possible to commit to a national tour at this time. However, she will return to the production next year."

Bellingham said today, "I'm devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year, but having toured many times before, I'm aware of the sheer stamina needed, and I need to prioritise my recovery. That said, nothing's going to stop me coming back next year, and I can't wait to be ‘a passionate woman'."

Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, added, "A Passionate Woman is an extraordinary play about an extraordinary woman, and that woman is Lynda Bellingham. She is the heart of this production, and it's inconceivable that we would do it without her. Our priority is to Lynda and her health, and we look forward to welcoming her back soon."