Geelong performances of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman have been called off in response to onstage collapse of actor Colin Friels. The cancellation of the Belvoir St Theatre’s critically acclaimed production follows that of its final weekend in Sydney after Friels was advised by St Vincent’s doctors to rest. Expectations of a sell-out show have been dismayed but the Geelong Performing Arts Centre continue to support shorter seasons of acclaimed shows in the area.
The celebrated actor of film, stage and television was reportedly unwell prior to his hospitalisation but is doing well and no serious diagnosis is expected. Previously Friels has taken extended breaks from theatre surrounding his intensive roles in Salesman and the award-winning Red since his 1997 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, but has long been in comfortable remission.
October performances at the Royal Theatre in Sydney are expected to go on as planned and ticket holders to Belvoir’s Geelong season can expect to exchange their cancelled seats.