Unwell McCutcheon Takes Break from My Fair LadyDate: 23 March 2001
Martine McCutcheon, currently starring as Eliza in My Fair Lady at the National's Lyttelton Theatre, was admitted to hospital this week with a throat and sinus infection. She is expected to be out of the show for at least the rest of this week, with her understudy Alexandra Jay filling in.
At present, there is no clear indication as to exactly how long McCutcheon may be sidelined through illness. The NT’s press office have offered no further details, and are keen to avoid speculation on a definite return date. "At the moment we are just hoping to have her back completely fit and well, and look forward to Martine’s return only when she is fully fit," said a press office spokesperson.
My Fair Lady, also starring Jonathan Pryce as Professor Higgins and directed by Trevor Nunn, opened at the Lyttelton on 15 March and has been a huge critical and commercial success. The entire National run until 30 June is already sold out. A West End transfer, via Cameron Mackintosh, has been confirmed and the show will transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 21 July 2001.
- by Gareth Thompson