Hollywood film star Val Kilmer, who has made his West End debut leading the cast of The Postman Always Rings Twice at the Playhouse Theatre, has missed four performances this week due to illness. Kilmer missed performances on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this week. A spokesman for the show said the actor had been very sick, and was hoping to return to the production as quickly as possible. As of 6.00pm on Friday, the Playhouse box office was reporting that Kilmer would be performing this evening. Theatregoers keen to see Kilmer in the role of bad boy drifter Frank are advised to check with the venue beforehand. The Postman Always Rings Twice, which had its world premiere in Leeds last October when Patrick O'Kane played Kilmer’s part of drifter Frank, opened on 7 June 2005. Although its season has been extended twice, now going to 10 September, all matinees were dropped over the summer (See The Goss, 12 Jul 2005). Andrew Rattenbury’s stage version of John M Cain’s American thriller also stars Charlotte Emmerson as Cora, the bored wife of a 1930s roadside diner owner, whose drab existence is shaken up by Frank’s arrival.