Exit stage left: Geoffrey Rush leaves MTC production

The actor has cited ‘current circumstances and medical advice’ as his reasons for leaving a production of Twelfth Night, which was due to open in November.

Geoffrey Rush attends the 67th Berlinale in 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has withdrawn from the Melbourne Theatre Company’s (MTC) forthcoming production of Twelfth Night.

The MTC announced Rush’s departure from the production in a media release on Monday night.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts