Tragedy! Star desert Sir Ian McKellen’s Hamlet and Covid hit Cinderella ax shows

Tragedy! Theater chaos as stars Steven Berkoff and Emmanuella Cole leave Sir Ian McKellen’s Hamlet after major row with each other as Covid-stricken Cinderella shows

The theater’s bad luck doesn’t seem to end anytime soon.

Two highly anticipated new shows ran into trouble just before the restrictions were lifted.

The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella is under threat after the maestro had to suspend this weekend’s matinee and evening performances due to ‘Covid-related precautions’.

Sir Ian McKellen’s production of Hamlet at the Theater Royal Windsor has suddenly lost two of its stars after a major altercation between the pair

The announcement was made less than an hour before Saturday’s matinee performance at London’s Gillian Lynne Theater. Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen’s production of Hamlet at the Theater Royal Windsor has suddenly lost two of its stars after a major argument between the pair.

Steven Berkoff, who would play the king’s pompous advisor Polonius, and rising star Emmanuella Cole, who would appear as his hot-headed son Laertes, have both pulled out for tomorrow’s press night.

Miss Cole is alleged to have claimed that Berkoff “disparaged and respected” her during rehearsals of the play’s gender- and age-blind production. Berkoff has denied any wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct.

Kenneth Branagh’s production of The Browning Version has also been canceled due to ‘Covid-enforced absences’.

The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Cinderella is under threat after the maestro had to suspend this weekend's matinee and evening performances due to

The world premiere tomorrow of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella is under threat after the maestro had to suspend this weekend’s matinee and evening performances due to ‘Covid-related precautions’

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