Sir Kenneth Branagh gets a new Romeo after actors are injured
Sir Kenneth Branagh's production of Romeo And Juliet has added actor Freddie Fox to its cast after the male lead and his understudy were injured in an "unfortunate set of circumstances".
The part of Romeo was due to be played by Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who injured his ankle while running.
He was replaced by his understudy Tom Hanson, who has also since hurt his leg.
Fox will take on the role of the romantic hero opposite Cinderella star Lily James in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production until Madden's return.
He will join the production from July 26 following a period of intensive rehearsals with James and the rest of the cast.
Belfast-born Sir Kenneth said: "Sometimes things do not go according to plan in the theatre. Who would have predicted that both Richard and Tom would sustain such injuries?
"Our job is to help make sure that they both make the best recovery possible, whilst working as hard as we can to provide a great show for audiences, which is why I could not be more thrilled to welcome Freddie Fox."