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Jimmy Osmond diagnosed with stroke after performing at Birmingham Hippodrome

Jimmy Osmond performing at Birmingham Hippodrome Credit: Birmingham Hippodrome

Actor Jimmy Osmond has been diagnosed with a stroke after performing as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Credit: Birmingham Hippodrome

A spokesperson for Jimmy Osmond said:

On the evening of Thursday December 27th after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan atBirmingham Hippodrome, Jimmy Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with a stroke. He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year.

– A spokesperson for Jimmy Osmond
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The theatre have confirmed he will be replaced by TV star Darren Day in the production later this week.

He started rehearsing for the role today and will be appearing on the Hippodrome stage from later this week.

Jimmy’s understudy, Luke Redford, will continue to cover the role while Darren prepares to take on the part.

Credit: Birmingham Hippodrome

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Everyone here at Birmingham Hippodrome has been deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s sudden illness.

Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming.

He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff - we all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

– Fiona Allan, Birmingham Hippodrome