Judi Dench has temporarily left David Hare’s “Amy’s View” on Broadway due to husband Michael Williams’ serious illness.
Dench, who missed Wednesday’s night’s performance, flew home to London Thursday afternoon to be with Williams, who is understood to be suffering from an extremely severe pulmonary infection. She will not perform through the weekend.
“I am devastated to disappoint anyone who came to see me in the play,” said Dench. “But because of the circumstances, I am unable to perform.”
Producers were honoring refund requests, which were numerous, with attendence down nearly 80% at the Barrymore Theater on Wednesday, according to a spokesman.
The legiter had been playing to capacity crowds since it opened with the Oscar- and Tony-winning Dench in the starring role.
Exchanges for future performances are also possible — though the nearly sold-out hit “View” closes July 18, and only limited mezzanine seating is available for future performances.
Dench will be replaced through Monday by understudy Jennifer Harmon. Dench is expected to return to work Tuesday, but a spokesman could not guarantee her return, saying, “Further details will be announced as they become available.”