Christian Slater contracts chicken pox

July 31, 2004 at 10:30 AM

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- Chicken pox may keep Hollywood's Christian Slater from his British stage debut in the Edinburgh Festival's production of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Slater was taken ill Friday while rehearsing in London, the BBC reported. Producers, however, remain hopeful Slater will recover in time to appear in the first performance Aug. 6.

Slater, star of True Romance and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, plays Randle P. McMurphy in the production, a role made famous by Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-winning 1975 film.

The play, written by Dale Wasserman, is adapted from the book by the late Ken Kesey.

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