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Alison Steadman replaced by Pennie Downie in Hampstead's Rabbit Hole

Steadman has withdrawn from the production prior to the start of rehearsals

Penny Downie will take over the role of Nat
© Dan Wooller

Producers have announced that Penny Downie (Downton Abbey, The Fairy Queen, Judgement Day) will replace Alison Steadman in the role of Nat in Hampstead Theatre's production of Rabbit Hole. Steadman has withdrawn from the production prior to the start of rehearsals due to personal reasons.

Hampstead Theatre artistic director Edward Hall said:

"We are delighted to welcome Penny Downie to Hampstead Theatre for the UK premiere of Rabbit Hole. The company is looking forward to be working with her and we hope to welcome Alison back to the venue in the future."

Hall directs the UK premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play which also stars Claire Skinner, Tom Goodman-Hill, Georgina Rich and Sean Delaney.

Rabbit Hole will run at Hampstead Theatre from 4 February to 5 March.

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