Johnston, who made “an exceptionally swift recovery” following surgery last month, is on the mend after falling ill again, according to a spokesperson for the show, who said “she is a very determined woman and she is definitely hoping to be back by Saturday.”
Johnston, who plays Joan in the UK premiere of John Kolvenbach’s comedy drama Love Song at the West End’s New Ambassador’s Theatre, was replaced by Molly Regan (who played the same role in the play’s world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre) between 11 and 16 December 2006. Johnston returned to the company on 18 December 2006, but following further complications, has been absent since 27 December 2006.
In the meantime, Johnston’s understudy, Romy Tennant, has been playing the role of Joan in John Crowley’s production, alongside Cillian Murphy as her oddball brother Beane, who finds the woman of his dreams after his apartment is burgled by Molly (Neve Campbell).
- by Caroline Ansdell