Break a leg! Freddie Fox joins Romeo and Juliet after Richard Madden and understudy suffer injuries

Fox will share the role with Madden opposite Lily James


Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Kenneth Branagh’s had to find himself another new leading man for his production of Romeo and Juliet after the last two ended up in A&E.


Freddie Fox will take on the role of Shakespeare’s famous star-cross’d lover after both Richard Madden and his understudy succumbed to injuries.

Madden hurt his ankle while out running a few weeks ago and has been making light of his injury on Twitter ever since. 

But in a rather bizarre coincidence Tom Hanson, who both understudied for Madden as Romeo and played Paris in the production at the Garrick Theatre, also injured his leg, ruling him out of the, er, running too.

Fox will now share Romeo duties with Madden, so as to allow sufficient time for his injured ankle to continue to heal. Madden’s doctors have prescribed rest between performances.

“I am really pleased to be joining Lily, Derek, Meera and the company,” said Fox. “I look forward to continuing the exciting work that Richard and Tom have created in this wonderful production, and to bringing my own experience and passion for the role of Romeo.”

“Sometimes things do not go according to plan in the theatre. Who would have predicted that both Richard and Tom would sustain such unexpected injuries during the same run of this play?” said Branagh. “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 into the company.”

Fox joins the company from today, July 26th.


Romeo and Juliet runs at The Garrick Theatre until August 13th 2016. Read the review here.