Aaron to Leave Menier’s ‘Assassins’ Early

January 23, 2015 • Category: Assassins, Stage Work 2

His performance as John Wilkes Booth in Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins has been lauded, but Aaron Tveit will bow out of the role early due to filming obligations. (Specifically, this news is due to changes in the “Graceland” filming schedule.) Although originally scheduled to perform the entire run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Aaron will now leave the production on February 8th.

Michael Xavier is set to take over the role of Booth. He is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, garnering accolades for his work in Into The Woods and Love Story.

While I know this must be disappointing news to many – including those who have already purchased tickets to Assassins in its last month – I strongly encourage the ongoing support for Menier’s superb production of a classic Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical. It is as timely as ever, Lloyd’s new vision dazzles, and the cast continually provides knockout performances. If you have tickets to any of the remaining shows, I hope you attend and enjoy Assassins, with or without Aaron’s involvement. I promise, you’re still in for a treat.

2 Responses to “Aaron to Leave Menier’s ‘Assassins’ Early”

  1. Because I feared this might happen, I’ve decided not to go to London in the end. Had planned first to go in February, but realizing how much this would cost, comming from the Netherlands, I didn’t dare to risc it.
    Although I understand Aaron finds his part in Graceland more important, I most admit that I still feel it’s very sad and annoying for those fans who have bought tickets and booked a trip to see him.

  2. This is the most disappointing news ever. I purchased tickets for my daughter as a Christmas present (surprising her because by then they were completely sold out). . . and have planned a 4 day trip from California specifically so she could see Mr. Tveit in this role. I have no idea how to tell her. :(

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