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Media sources are reporting that Richard will not be returning to the role of Romeo in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of ROMEO & JULIETTE. If you remember both Richard and his understudy, Tom Hanson both suffered injuries as a result of one of the fight scenes. Richard unfortunately hasn’t recovered as quickly as he’d hoped. We here at RICHARD MADDEN ONLINE wish him the speediest recovery.

Richard Madden will not return to Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

Madden has not been able to recover from an ankle injury as quickly as hoped
Will Longman • London, West End • 3 Aug 2016

Last month, it was announced Freddie Fox would step in to share the role of Romeo with Madden after his understudy, Tom Hanson, also suffered a leg injury and was unable to perform.

However, Madden will no longer be able return to the production as his ankle has not healed as quickly as hoped. Whilst doctors have prescribed further rest, he is still expected to make a full recovery.

Fox will continue to play Romeo until the production closes on 13 August. He joined the play on 26 July following a 48 hour period of rehearsals.

Romeo and Juliet runs at the Garrick until 13 August.


For those of you who follow Richard’s Twitter feed, you likely know he’s had to pull out of the Garrick Theatre production of ROMEO & JULIETTE due to an injury he sustained in the production. He apparently sprained his ankle and has to ice it four times a day.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Richard Madden Pulls Out Of Theatre Performance With ‘Injury’

Richard Madden’s many fans were disappointed last night to miss the former ‘Game of Thrones’ star on stage in ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Richard was forced to pull out of Kenneth Branagh’s production at London’s Garrick Theatre, “due to indisposition”.

The Mirror reported that the actor, who played Robb Stark previously on ‘Game of Thrones’, had been injured. His absence follows his sharing a picture on social media of his ankle on ice, and revealing that he was forced to perform with a “f***ed ankle”.

He wrote: ”Still buzzing from last night. What an amazing thing to have been part of. My ankle has now got me in a world of pain but totally worth it!”

His most recent update came a week ago, when he wrote that he wasn’t having any fun, with his leg shaved up to the knee. He said:

The actor was also touched by a picture of his fellow cast and crew sharing a picture of them all putting their ankle in ice, in sympathy with Richard who tweeted:

“I have to ice my ankle 4 times a day. This is what the company just sent me. Finest people I’ve ever met. Love.”

No word yet on how long Richard will be out of action.

‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘War and Peace’ star Lily James co-stars as Juliet in the production, with Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal also in lead roles. The show is set to run until 13 August.


I have some production stills from Richard’s current run as Romeo Montague in the Kenneth Branagh directed theatre production of ROMEO & JULIETTE. Here Richard stars with his CINDERELLA co-star Lilly James. The production also stars Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi. I’m sorry I don’t have higher quality images. I prefer to give you the best resolution I can, but I don’t think you’ll mind this time.



A really nice preview of the upcoming season at The Branagh Theatre Live’s Shakespeare plays. The video features Richard as Romeo and Lily James, Richard’s co-star of CINDERELLA as the lovely Juliette. Enjoy. I know I did.


Richard is to give a reading of the play FOUR PLAY at the Old Vic in London, England.

WAR HORSE’s Jeremy Irvine and CINDERELLA’s Richard Madden to Lead Reading of FOUR PLAY

According to the Daily Mail, WAR HORSE’s Jeremy Irvine and CINDERELLA’s Richard Madden have signed on for a reading of Jake Brunger’s new work FOUR PLAY.

Also in the cast are Tom Rhys Harris and Joshua McCord. The play tackles what Brunger sees as “the biggest stumbling block for gays in modern life” — fidelity.

The official description reads: “After seven-and-a-half blissfully happy years, Rafe (Harries) and Pete (Irvine) have hit a rut. Having never slept with another man, their lack of sexual experience is slowly tearing them apart. When they proposition their mutual friend Michael (Madden) — knowing full well that Michael has his own long-term boyfriend Andrew (McCord) — complexities develop that none of the four could have predicted. A new comic play about the problems of monogamy and open relationships in a post gay-marriage era.”

Brunger and director Jack Sain told the Mail they are also eyeing a full-fledged production of FOUR PLAY. “You never know, this cast might be available for a short run,” Brunger said.

The reading is set for the Old Vic next Friday, June 26, as part of this year’s New Voices Festival.


Richard has joined actor Jeremy Irvine for a program at the Old Vic in London. Details below.

Richard Madden and Jeremy Irvine among performers featured in Old Vic New Voices festival

Actors Richard Madden and Jeremy Irvine, writer Jake Brunger and director Jessica Swale are among the figures coming together for a new festival hosted by the Old Vic.

The festival is being held in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Old Vic New Voices initiative, and will bring established actors, writers and directors together with new talent nurtured through the scheme.

Featuring new work by British and American playwrights and a new musical, the programme will run from June 19 to July 24 on the Old Vic’s main stage.

New musical The Natives, written by Cat Jones and Matthew Booth and directed by Jamie Jackson, will take place on June 30.

Brunger’s Four Play will be directed by Jack Sain and will run on June 26, while Swale will direct Steven Hevey’s Sirius on July17.

Other performers involved in the festival include Pippa Haywood, Carly Bawden and Marc Elliot, while directors Derek Bond, Alice Hamilton and Caroline Byrne will also be involved.

The programme also include new work by Lucinda Burnett, Thomas Bradshaw and Nessah Muthy.

As part of the festival, a new play by James Baldwin, called Match Fit, will visit schools across London from June 22 to July 17.

The festival is funded by the TS Eliot Estate and Arts Council England.

ACE theatre director Neil Darlison said: “The chance to create new work that will be showcased on the Old Vic’s stage is an exciting opportunity for the participating playwrights. The Old Vic New Voices programme has supported a diverse range of young artists and innovative projects over recent years and the new festival element will help to build on the success achieved to date.”

The festival will be free to attend, with tickets available via a lottery.