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24/07/01
Firth Says Hamlet Not To Be
- Colin Firth falls foul of film commitments

COLIN FIRTH has pulled out of starring in Hamlet at London's Riverside Studios due to film commitments.

His announcement in the wake of the Royal Shakespeare Company's decision to close their company's London base confirms concerns within the theatre industry that rising stars are increasingly seduced by more lucrative medium like TV and film.

"My worst fears were fulfilled when my filming schedule for early next year changed," said Firth, who last played Hamlet as a young unknown in the Drama Centre's production of Shakespeare's great tragedy.

The 40 year-old heart throb is now best known for his role as Mr Darcy in TV's production of Pride and Prejudice and as Bridget Jones' love interest in the film of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Those who had hoped to lure Firth to the stage are still in consultation about future projects, but admit to being aware of the threat posed to their plans by film productions. "The circumstances were completely beyond our control," said a spokesman for Concentric Circles theatre company.




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