Thursday, 17 July 2008

Catherine Tate injury forces opening night to be cancelled

Under the Blue SkyTate stars in the play with Francesca Annis and Chris O'Dowd

The first public performance of a West End play starring Catherine Tate was cancelled because the actress injured her ankle.

By Henry Deedes
Thursday, 17 July 2008

Catherine Tate's much-vaunted return to the West End has come within a whisker of disaster.

The flame-haired comedienne is signed up to appear over the summer at the Duke of York's theatre, where she is starring in David Eldridge's dark comedy Under the Blue Sky opposite Francesca Annis.

It's Tate's first play since she appeared alongside David Schwimmer, of Friends fame, in the 2005 production of Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s). The first preview performance was meant to be last night. However, just hours before the Doctor Who star was due on stage, she was forced to withdraw after badly twisting an ankle during the cast's final dress rehearsal.

At first, producers feared the potential bombshell of losing their headline star for the duration of the play's run. Thankfully, after a trip to the doctors, Tate was given the all-clear and was due to return to the stage last night.

"She was having it x-rayed to make sure. I don't know what the results were, but we were advised it was probably nothing serious," said a spokesman for the show yesterday.

"She's definitely going to be returning tonight [Wednesday]."

Last time Tate was in the West End, Pandora inadvertently caused a rumpus with her famous co-star. Schwimmer was so upset by the column's coverage of Tate's New Statesman diary, he rang up to take us to task.

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