Richard Wilson forced to cancel Fringe show

Legendary One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson has been forced to cancel his Fringe show after suffering a heart attack.

The 80-year-old, who is best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the BBC’s One Foot in the Grave sitcom, is currently in hospital. It has been reported in the media that his agent, John Grant, has confirmed that he is now in stable condition.

Wilson was due to reprise the role for a one-man show at Assembly Roxy Central. The sold-out show, entitled I Don’t Believe It! An Evening with Victor Meldrew, was due to open on Tuesday 16 August and run until Sunday 28 August.

Earlier this year, the Scottish actor and director confirmed he has decided to step back into the shoes of the grumpy pensioner for an extended Fringe run after the success of a one-off charity performance in Sheffield last year. The show was set to feature an original script from the hit sitcom, followed by a question and answer session with the veteran actor.

Speaking about the show to The Stage, Wilson said: “I played Victor in the first half, using one of David Renwick’s scripts, then did a question and answer session as myself in the second. I can’t tell you how much the audience loved it.

“I had such a good time we decided to take it to Edinburgh. I loved doing it, so I guess I must miss acting.”

The BAFTA Award-winning show followed the exploits and mishaps of cranky pensioner Victor Meldrew who, after being forced to retire from his job as a security guard, found himself at war with the world and everything in it. The show, which also starred Edinburgh’s Annette Crosbie as Victor’s long-suffering wife, first aired in 1990 and ran for 11 years before Wilson’s character was dramatically killed off in a car accident.

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