Andrew Scott delays Old Vic theatre show again as he recovers from surgery

Chris Wiegand
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<span>Photograph: The Old Vic/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: The Old Vic/Getty Images

A live-streamed theatre production starring Andrew Scott has been delayed for a second time due to the Sherlock and Fleabag actor undergoing minor surgery.

Scott had been due to perform Three Kings, a new hour-long monologue written for him by Stephen Beresford, at the Old Vic theatre in London from 29 July to 1 August. The Old Vic postponed that run of five performances, saying that Scott was in hospital but that the visit wasn’t serious or related to coronavirus and that he was expected to make a speedy recovery.

The dates were rescheduled for 7-8 August but on Wednesday the theatre tweeted that Scott was still not well enough to perform and, in order to “give him the time he needs to fully rest and recover”, the performances will be once more rescheduled. The theatre’s statement continued: “Together with Andrew we want to send our heartfelt thanks to all for your well wishes and for being so incredibly supportive and understanding at this really difficult time.” New dates will be confirmed soon.

One of the most eagerly anticipated live theatre events during lockdown, Three Kings is part of the Old Vic’s In Camera series, which launched last month with a production of Lungs, starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy. It was performed in an empty theatre and streamed on Zoom.

Three Kings is billed as exploring “fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships”. It will be staged by Matthew Warchus, the artistic director of the Old Vic.

This week, Scott’s performance in Black Mirror earned him an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series.