Penny Downie has stepped in to replace Alison Steadman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Rabbit Hole coming to Hampstead Theatre at the end of this month.
The theatre announced on Wednesday that Steadman had withdrawn citing “personal reasons”.
Downie, who recently appeared as Lady Sinderby in Downton Abbey joins Claire Skinner, Tom Goodman-Hill, Georgina Rich and Sean Delaney in David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning play.
Rabbit Hole will be steered by Hampstead’s artistic director Edward Hall.
Becca and Howie Corbett are a happy suburban family with everything they could want until a shocking and sudden event turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart.
Riding the turbulence of domestic life, Becca and Howie must find a way back to each other while their unpredictable family tries to bridge the ‘infinite space between’, which life changing events create.
David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winner, filled with distinctive wit and grace, charts the journey of grief and its antidotes – love and hope.
Claire Skinner, who plays Becca is making her Hampstead debut. She most recently starred in The Father at The Wyndhams Theatre.
Other notable theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, A Winter’s Tale, Othello (National Theatre), Deathtrap (Noel Coward Theatre), Moonlight (Almeida and Comedy Theatre), Measure for Measure (RSC) and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Her television and film credits include Critical, Outnumbered, Inside No. 9, Silk, Doctor Who, Lark Rise to Candleford, Sense & Sensibility (BBC), Homefront, Poirot (ITV), Sleepy Hollow, Life is Sweet and Naked.
Tom Goodman-Hill returns to Hampstead having previously performed in Darker Shores, with other recent theatre credits including The Effect, Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Harold Pinter) and Enron (The Coward Theatre, Chichester and Royal Court).
Television and film credits include The Secret Agent (BBC One), Humans (Channel 4), Mr Selfridge (ITV), Call the Midwife (BBC) and Black Mirror.
David Lindsay-Abaire returns to Hampstead following the success of his sell out comedy Good People starring Imelda Staunton, which transferred to the West End. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rabbit Hole, which also received five Tony nominations, a Spirit of American Award, and was later adapted to film, starring Nicole Kidman.
Further theatre credits include multiple award winning Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards, four Olivier Awards and a Grammy; Fuddy Meers; Kimberly Akimbo; Wonder of the World; and A Devil Inside.
Rabbit Hole plays at Hampstead Theatre from January 29 to March 5.