Brian Bedford Withdraws from THE LAST CONFESSION World Tour, Richard O'Callaghan Steps In

Brian Bedford Withdraws from THE LAST CONFESSION World Tour, Richard O'Callaghan Steps InEminent British actor Richard O'Callaghan will star as Pope John Paul I in the world tour of The Last Confession, which opens in Toronto in April 2014 before touring to Los Angeles, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Brian Bedford had originally been announced to perform the role. But Mr. Bedford has been advised by his doctors not to continue in the production due to illness. He is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

Richard O'Callaghan created the part of Pope John Paul I in the London production of The Last Confession at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Starring opposite David Suchet (internationally famous for playing Hercule Poirot in the award-winning TV series of the same name), he received excellent reviews in the Haymarket production.

He has starred in numerous London productions, including: Amadeus at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Butley at the Criterion Theatre, Three Months Gone at the Royal Court Theatre, Twelfth Night at Regent's Park Theatre and Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Producer Paul Elliott said: "It is a great shame that Brian Bedford cannot be with us for this unique adventure; we wish him a good and swift recovery. We are fortunate and excited to have Richard O'Callaghan reprising his acclaimed London performance."

Written by Roger Crane, The Last Confession is a thriller that delves into the most highly guarded institution in the world to explore the mystery shrouding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I in 1978.

Found dead just 33 days after being elected, suspicions were aroused when it was revealed that, on the evening before his death, the new Pope had warned three of his most influential but hostile Cardinals that they would be replaced. The Vatican refused to conduct an official investigation into the death. Cardinal Benelli (played by David Suchet) was the only one to challenge the dead Pope's enemies and to launch his own investigation.

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