Actor Sir Antony Sher was diagnosed with a terminal illness, which led her husband, Gregory Doran, to take compassionate leave from Royal Shakespeare Company to take care of him.
The news has been announcedborn Friday by the RSC. Doran, who has been the artistic director of the company since 2013, released the statement: “I am so sorry to say that my husband, Tony Sher, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and in order to take care of him, and with the consent of the board, I will take compassionate care leave with immediate effect. I plan to return in early 2022. "
Sher, 72, is Honorary Associate Artist Fellow of RSC and has been acclaimed for his principal performances in his productions of Richard III, Macbeth, King Lear and many other games . Doran often led it on stage and the couple got married in 2005. Sher's most recent role for the company was alongside John Kani in Kani's play Kunene and the King , which premiered at the Swan Theater, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2019, directed by Janice Honeyman. London was cut short by the first lockdown.
RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman will assume the role of interim Artistic Director until Doran returns Nigel Hugill, President of RSC, commented: "All our hearts go out to Greg and Tony at this extremely difficult time. The Board of Directors thanks Erica for accepting the role of Artistic Director. on an interim basis and alongside Catherine [Mallyon] as Executive Director, the RSC remains in very good hands. ”