Friday’s performance of Mack and Mabel at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth was cancelled following news that cast member, actor Alex Giannini, had passed away.
According to the BBC News website, Giannini’s agent tweeted: “The talented and much loved actor @GianniniAlex died suddenly of natural causes yesterday.”
A post on the Mack and Mabel Facebook page read: “It is with deepest regret that we can confirm that Alex Giannini, a much loved member of our company, passed away yesterday, Friday 2 October. All our thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s wife and family at this dreadfully sad time.”
Actor Jack Edwards, who plays Fatty Arbuckle in the production and who shared a dressing room with Giannini during the Chichester run, added: “We at Mack and Mabel will miss you so much, you brought so much energy and warmth to the show, on and offstage.”
Giannini’s theatre credits included Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Minerva Theatre and Duchess Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park), Batman Live! (World Arena tour), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), A View From the Bridge (Theatre By the Lake, Keswick), Biblical Tales (New End Theatre), On the Waterfront (Haymarket Theatre), Peter Pan (Northampton and Dartford), The Producers (UK tour), Follies (Royal & Derngate Northampton), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Garrick Theatre), Journey’s End (Ambassadors Theatre), Feelgood (Nottingham Playhouse), Rat Pack Confidential (Nottingham Playhouse and West End), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), Not About Nightingales (National Theatre and Broadway), Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Double Indemnity (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Blood Wedding (Lyric Hammersmith) and Joey and Gina’s Wedding (West End).
The actor also appeared in recent movie release Legend (about the Krays), in addition to Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Miss Monday. He also featured in TV shows like Prime Suspect and Dalziel and Pascoe.
Mack and Mabel, starring Michael Ball, is a Chichester Festival Theatre production touring the UK. The performance on Friday evening was cancelled about an hour before the curtain was due to rise. All remaining performances of the Chichester are due to go ahead as scheduled.