During Monday evening’s performance (22 May) of On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Fred Haig – who plays Chip in the production – sustained an injury to his foot which has now been confirmed as a fracture.
A press release announcing the news reads: ‘Sadly, this means that he has had to withdraw from the production and we all wish Fred a speedy recovery.’
With the support of Danny Mac (Gabey), Samuel Edwards (Ozzie), Lizzy Connolly (Hildy) and all the company, Haig’s understudy, Jacob Maynard, has now stepped out of the ensemble permanently to play the role of Chip for the remainder of the run.
Having trained at the Urdang Academy and the Dance Studio, Jacob Maynard has previously appeared in Guys and Dolls (Savoy/UK tour), Love Me Tender, Five Guys Named Moe (UK tour) and Ragtime (Pleasance).
On The Town runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 1 July 2017. Press performances are now on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May.
Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, the production is directed and choreographed by the multi award-winning Drew McOnie.
On the Town is based on a concept by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The musical tale of three sailors on an eventful 24 hours’ shore leave in New York debuted on Broadway in 1944.
The Regent’s Park production is designed by Peter McKintosh with musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Howard Hudson, and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph.
The creative team also includes associate director Fiona Dunn, associate choreographer Ebony Molina, associate musical director Kevin Amos, associate director (voice and text) Barbara Houseman and casting director James Orange.
Tickets for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are available HERE
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