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Ted Robbins slumped during the opening night of a revival of the show at the Manchester Arena

Ted Robbins slumped during the opening night of a revival of the show at the Manchester Arena

Ted Robbins slumped during the opening night of a revival of the show at the Manchester Arena

A performance of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights which was cancelled when comic actor Ted Robbins collapsed on stage has been re-scheduled, organisers said tonight.

Robbins, 59, slumped during the opening night of a revival of the show at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

The curtain was closed immediately as staff rushed to the stage with medical equipment before the event was cancelled.

Robbins' wife Judy has said he is improving and will be "fit and healthy soon".

He had rheumatic fever when he was a child which left him with some heart damage so family had always been aware he would need a routine procedure to correct.

Robbins plays Den Perry in the show, which is based on comedian Peter Kay's television series of the same name.

Kay has revived the characters from his Channel 4 series for the live show to raise money for Comic Relief.

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Organisers said tonight: " Following the unfortunate cancellation of Saturday's show part way through the second act, the cast and crew have been working hard to try and reschedule the event to enable ticket holders to watch the show in its entirety.

"After much investigation a matinee performance of Phoenix Nights Live will now take place on Sunday 15th February with doors opening at 1.00pm and show starting at 2.30pm.

"All ticket holders from the show on Saturday 31st January will be entitled to attend this performance. It is advised that they contact their ticket agent ASAP in order to get a new ticket for this show. The deadline for this is midnight Monday 9th February.

"It was a very distressing night for all the people involved in the show and indeed the audience. The cast and crew would like to thank them for their patience whilst these arrangements have been made.

"Most importantly Ted is on the mend and the whole team send their best wishes to him and his family."


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