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Thursday 18 December 2014

Ouch! Van Dyke steps out of time

Dick Van Dyke during a rehearsal for his one-man show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles
Dick Van Dyke during a rehearsal for his one-man show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles

It won't be such a jolly holiday for Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke.

The 84-year-old stage and screen veteran was forced to pull out of his new career-retrospective musical Dick Van Dyke - Step in Time! - A Musical Memoir, after just one performance at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Los Angeles.

The theatre's publicist Allison Rawlings said the Emmy and Tony-winning actor had been nursing an Achilles injury for several weeks and after Wednesday night's performance he realised he would be unable to continue with the show's month-long run.

Ms Rawlings said there were no plans to reschedule the show, which reviewed Van Dyke's half-century career.

"I don't know how it happened because I never had a career plan," Van Dyke, who is 85 on Monday, mused in an earlier interview.

"I had kids. And I had to work. And everything just worked out so I not only had a comfortable living, I enjoyed every minute of it - and still am. This is my retirement."

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