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31 October 2012, 14:09 | Updated: 31 October 2012, 14:21
The Theatre Royal Norwich has cancelled tonight's performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka after one of its stars was tragically killed in a car crash last night.
Robert Poulton died after a car crash late last night.
He was due to be singing the role of Gamekeeper in Rusalka as part of Glyndebourne’s 2012 visit to Norwich Theatre Royal.
All ticket holders will be fully refunded by cheque within the next week, and the Theatre Royal is in the process of contacting all bookers for tonight’s performance to inform them of the cancellation. Friday’s performance of Rusalka is scheduled to go ahead, and some seats are still available.
Ticket holders for tonight’s performance are welcome to re-book for Friday night.
Glyndebourne made the following statement:
“It is with deep regret that Glyndebourne informs you that Robert Poulton was tragically killed in a car accident late last night.
Robert has been a very valued part of the Glyndebourne family for many years. He started his professional career in the Glyndebourne Chorus and as part of this distinguished career has performed central roles both in the Festival and Tour. He will be enormously missed by everyone in the company.
David Pickard, General Director said: ‘The news of Robert’s death is devastating for his family – and for all of us at Glyndebourne who have so valued him over many years. It is testament to Robert’s generous character and amazing musicianship that he had such a distinguished operatic career, not just at Glyndebourne but also at many of the leading international houses. Our thoughts at this time are with Robert’s family, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.”