Sheffield Theatres and co-producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers today announce the postponement saying that as Lynda had been diagnosed with cancer she had been advised that due to medical treatment it would not be possible to commit to a national tour at this time.
They did say however, that she would return to the production next year.
Lynda Bellingham said today: “I’m devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year, but having toured many times before, I’m aware of the sheer stamina needed, and I need to prioritise my recovery.
“That said, nothing’s going to stop me coming back next year, and I can’t wait to be ‘a passionate woman’.”
Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, added, “A Passionate Woman is an extraordinary play about an extraordinary woman, and that woman is Lynda Bellingham.
“She is the heart of this production, and it’s inconceivable that we would do it without her. Our priority is to Lynda and her health, and we look forward to welcoming her back soon.”
A Passionate Woman was due on stage at Derby LIVE’s Assembly Rooms from October 14 to 19.
A Derby LIVE spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with Lynda at this difficult time and we wish her all the best with her recovery. We will be contacting customers who have booked tickets for the show in the next few days.”