Having had emergency surgery (not Covid related), Giles Terera will no longer be appearing in the National Theatre production of Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ new one-person play Death of England: Delroy. Understudy Michael Balogun will take over the title role.
Terera is recovering well but due to a recuperation period of six weeks he will be unable to perform as previously announced in this run of the production (1 October-28 November 2020).
A statement from the National Theatre continued:
“We are pleased to announce that Michael Balogun will now play the role of Delroy in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ new play which will open on 21 October in the Olivier Theatre. Michael has been understudying the role of Delroy and has been working with the team throughout rehearsals. Michael’s previous work for the National Theatre includes Macbeth and the UK tours of Barber Shop Chronicles and People, Places & Things.”
The new play tells the story of Delroy who is arrested on his way to the hospital. Filled with anger and grief, he recalls the moments and relationships that gave him hope before his life was irrevocably changed. This new work explores a Black working-class man searching for truth and confronting his relationship with Great Britain.
Death of England: Delroy follows on from Dyer and Williams’ play Death of England, which Dyer also directed, and which was performed by Rafe Spall to critical acclaim in the Dorfman Theatre, closing only weeks before lockdown. This is the first play to be performed at the National Theatre since theatres across the UK closed on 16 March 2020.