Taron Egerton will no longer appear in his West End show opposite Bridgerton season 2 star Jonathan Bailey after dropping out due to ‘personal reasons’.

The announcement that the Rocketman actor has dropped out of the play comes after he was replaced when he tested positive for Covid-19, having fainted on stage weeks prior on the opening night.

In a statement released by the Twitter account for the play, a revival of Mike Bartlett’s 2009 production Cock at London’s Ambassador Theatre, it said that understudy Joel Harper-Jackson will take over the role of M previously played by Taron.

‘Joel Harper-Jackson will take over the role of M in Mike Bartlett’s razor sharp, hilarious play Cock until the end of the run,’ it said.

‘The part was originally played in this production by Taron Egerton, who has had to withdraw from the production due to personal reasons.’

The statement added that Joel was an understudy for the role, ‘and has been playing the part of M for the past ten days while Taron was absent from the production having tested positive for Covid’.

Taron is yet to comment publicly on his withdrawal from the show.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Taron Egerton’s representatives for comment.

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