EastEnders' Leslie Grantham (pictured) will join the touring cast of Love and Marriage, replacing star Adam Faith, who passed away at the weekend. From Monday 17 March 2003 at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Grantham will take over from Faith's understudy, Kevin O'Donahoe, who's been performing this week at the Theatre Royal Brighton. Grantham will continue to Darlington and Malvern until the end of the tour on 19 April.

After appearing on stage last Friday night at Stoke-on-Trent's Regent Theatre in Love and Marriage, which launched its three-month tour on 21 January, Faith suffered a massive heart attack. He died in hospital at 2.30am on Saturday 8 March 2003. The actor and former pop star, who'd experienced cardiac problems for a number of years, was 62 (See News, 10 Mar 2003).

Grantham - perhaps best known as Den Watts, the first landlord of the Queen Vic in the BBC's long running soap opera EastEnders - has recently appeared in UK-wide tours of Misery and Theft with Roy Hudd. His other stage credits include Rick's Bar and Cold Sweat in the West End.

In Donald Churchill's comedy, Grantham plays Bill, a golf-playing dentist and serial philanderer whose shenanigans with younger women means he lies to his long-suffering wife every day of his life. Trouble is, he asks his friend Tony to tell lies for him too, to cover for him, but Tony's having a mid-life crisis of his own.

Grantham is joined by Love and Marriage's other original cast members Liz Izen, Stephen Boxer and Lynne Robertson-Hay. The production is directed by Mark Clements and designed by Philip Witcomb with lighting by Chris Ellis. It's presented on tour by Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

- by Terri Paddock

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