Following an injury to his knee during a performance on Tuesday, actor Jude Law (pictured) was forced to cancel last night's showing of the sell-out production of Dr Faustus at London's Young Vic. The theatre is now monitoring the situation closely to determine whether Law will be able to perform this evening.

Law, an accomplished theatre actor though best known internationally for his many film roles, has received strong reviews for his stage return, which opened on Monday to much fanfare. His popularity ensured that the production's limited seven-week season sold out far in advance of opening.

All theatregoers for last night's performance have been offered tickets on alternative dates. Given the full houses, extra seats are being brought in to accommodate this demand and additional dates at the end of the run are now being considered.

Law plays the title role in Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century morality tale about the man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, wealth and power. Also in the cast are Richard McCabe, Annette Badland, David Fielder, Bohdan Poraj, Tom Smith and Ofo Uhiara.

Dr Faustus is directed by David Lan and designed by Richard Hudson, with music by Murray Gold, lighting by Matthew Richardson, sound by Crispian Covell and choreography by Kate Flatt.

The play is a co-production between the Young Vic and Natural Nylon Theatre, formed last year by Law with fellow actors Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Law's wife Sadie Frost as a spin-off of their existing film production company. This is the first Natural Nylon stage project; others planned include an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Sean Matthias, and The Collector, adapted by Mark Healy from the novel by John Fowles and directed by Mark Clements.

Theatregoers with tickets to see Dr Faustus tonight are advised to call the Young Vic box office on 020 7928 6363 to confirm the status of the performance.

- by Terri Paddock