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|The Talking Cure Revived
- Replacement found for sickly actor
JOHN CARLISLE returns to the National in Christopher Hampton's new play, The Talking Cure. His performance could save a show whose future has been in peril ever since actor James Hazeldine was hospitalised.
Hazeldine was to play Freud to Ralph Fiennes' Jung until chest pains forced him to withdraw. When immediate replacement Bill Paterson buckled under the pressure of other commitments, the search for another middle-aged actor not committed to a Christmas show began. Carlisle's West End credits, as well as his recent performance in Stoppard's Coast of Utopia at the National Theatre, qualify him for the job.
The Talking Cure deals with the changing relationship between Jung and Freud as Jung's dalliance with patient Sabine Spielrein threatens their friendship. The show was due to open December 13 but now promises to press night soon, so Ralph Fiennes fans should not be disappointed.