Amber Davies has taken to Twitter to wish her 9 To 5: The Musical co-star Louise Redknapp a speedy recovery, after the singer was forced to quit the West End show ahead of opening night.
The pair were due to hit the stage at London’s Savoy Theatre on January 28, in front of the show’s music and lyrics scribe Dolly Parton.
But Louise fell in the street on her way to rehearsals on Tuesday, sustaining injuries to her face and wrist, and later told by her doctor to rest for two months, not now set to join the performance until the end of March.
Disappointed: Amber Davies has taken to Twitter to wish her 9 To 5: The Musical co-star Louise Redknapp a speedy recovery, after the singer was forced to quit the West End show ahead of opening night
Amber, 22, took to Twitter to express her upset over the incident, posting a snap of the pair alongside the caption: ‘Well. I leave you for 2 mins!! Wishing one of my favourite humans the most speedy recovery! I can’t wait to be beside you as we play leading ladies together❤️’
Amber plays the role of Judy Bernly while Louise was set to play Violet Newstead – roles made famous by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the 1980 movie, on which the musical is based.
But a replacement is being sent in to step in for Louise, following her accident – although it’s not known who this will be.
Amber will also be joined by actress Natalie McQueen, playing Doralee Rhodes, the role Dolly portrayed in the film.
A shame: Natalie also tweeted, posting – ‘Beautiful human @LouiseRedknapp, please get better ASAP! Sending you all of the love sweetheart❤️’
Injured: Louise was rushed to hospital on Tuesday morning, after falling in the street on her way to rehearsals [pictured on Wednesday – the day after the incident]
Natalie also tweeted, posting: ‘Beautiful human @LouiseRedknapp, please get better ASAP! Sending you all of the love sweetheart❤️’
Also making up the cast were theatre legends Brian Conley and Bonnie Langford.
Louise’s publicist told MailOnline on Thursday night: ‘She had a nasty fall on the way to rehearsals on Tuesday. She’s gutted to pull out of the opening weeks of 9 To 5.’
A source close to Louise told
In character: Louise has been rehearsing for the show’s run over the past few weeks, with the opening night set for the end of January
Behind the scenes: ‘Everyone at 9 To 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back,’ read a statement from The Savoy Theatre
Stepping down: Louise was set to play the role of Violet Newstead
‘Gutted’: Louise was set to star alongside [L-R] actress Natalie, theatre legend Brian Conley and Love Island 2017 winner Amber
‘She is obviously completely devastated because this is a dream role for her. It doesn’t seem fair.’
The production team at The Savoy Theatre are hopeful Louise will pick up where she left off, returning to the role in March.
They have released a statement on the matter: ‘The recovery time recommended means Louise is no longer able to properly rehearse the show in the remaining time left before opening.
Licking her wounds: Louise was seen on Wednesday covering her injury, attending a meeting at the theatre about the situation
Iconic role: Louise’s character was made famous by Lily Tomlin in the movie in 1980
Stars: The original film starred Lily, Dolly and Jane Fonda
‘Together we have made the difficult decision to delay Louise’s start date in the show. We hope that Louise will start performances sometime towards the end of March/early April 2019.
‘Everyone at 9 To 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back.’
In 2017, Louise made her stage debut starring as Sally Bowles in the National Tour of Cabaret, with Will Young.
West End star: In 2017, Louise made her stage debut starring as Sally Bowles in the National Tour of Cabaret, with Will Young
In the pipeline: She is currently also working on her sixth studio album
She is currently also working on her sixth studio album, having left Eternal in 1995 for a solo career, and releasing her debut album Naked in 1996. Between 1997 and 2002 she followed Naked up with the release of albums Woman In Me, Elbow Beach, Changing Faces and Finest Moments – the latter two being compilation records.
The former Strictly Come Dancing hopeful ended her marriage to football pundit Jamie Redknapp last year after they tied the knot in 1998. They share sons Charlie, 14, and Beau, nine.
Jamie is currently on holiday in Miami with the couple’s younger son, Beau.