Well isn’t that a shame? David Tennant’s back is about to receive some sort of media focus in comparison with that displayed back before the 2002 World Cup when every man and his dog had an opinion on David Beckham’s metatarsal.
It seems the back injury rules Tennant out of treading the boards again before Christmas, with the lead role in Hamlet to be taken up by understudy Ed Bennett, who has stepped up from the part of Laertes to mixed reviews.
The RSC has announced that refunds are not available, due to its "fully rehearsed understudy policy".
David Tennant has released a statement covering his back problem and his understudy.
"My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery."
"I want to get back onstage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It’s a fantastic achievement."
Get well soon David – you’ve got some important shooting to do after Christmas…