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Louise Redknapp delays opening in West End 9 to 5 following accident

The singer has been told she can’t work for two months, it has been reported

Louise Redknapp
Louise Redknapp
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Singer Louise Redknapp has been forced to temporarily pull out of musical 9 to 5, according to reports.

The ex-member of Eternal fell on Tuesday, cutting her chin and fracturing her wrist, resulting in her being signed off work for two months.

Redknapp was due to play Violet in the piece, which features the music of Dolly Parton and is based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

In a statement, producers said: "Due to an injury this week, Louise Redknapp has had to temporarily withdraw from performing the role of Violet in 9 to 5 The Musical.

"The recovery time recommended means Louise is no longer able to properly rehearse the show in the remaining time left before opening.

"Together we have made the difficult decision to delay Louise's start date in the show. We hope that Louise will start performances sometime towards the end of March/early April 2019. Everyone at 9 to 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back."

The news means she will miss the opening night of the show. It will have its first preview at the Savoy Theatre as planned on 28 January 2019. The show also stars Amber Davies, Brian Conley, Bonnie Langford and Natalie McQueen.

Co-star Davies took to social media to show her support for Redknapp.

— Amber Davies (@Amber_Davies7) January 10, 2019