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Iain Glen withdraws from Old Vic's Fortune’s Fool

Iain Glen

Story by Jack Foley

IAIN Glen has been forced to withdraw from hit play Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic theatre due to a mystery illness.

His understudy, Patrick Cremin, has been standing in for the past week but a new actor, William Houston, has now been cast to replace the 52-year-old Game of Thrones star in the lead role of Kuzovkin.

An official statement said: “Unfortunately Iain Glen is unwell and has been advised by his doctor to withdraw from Fortune’s Fool in order to regain his full health.

“Everyone at The Old Vic wish Iain a speedy recovery and thank William for stepping into the role at short notice.”

Fortune’s Fool, the first West End production of the play by Ivan Turgenev, opened at the beginning of December to rave reviews.

Houston will now join the cast for the rest of the run until February 22, 2014. The 45-year-old is a classical theatre regular.

It has not been revealed what illness Glen is suffering from.