Actor Alex Giannini dies ahead of Plymouth Theatre Royal show

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Image caption Alex Giannini: "An incredible life force", his agents said

Actor Alex Giannini, who appeared in the film Legend about twin gangsters the Krays, has died ahead of a theatre performance in Plymouth.

His death meant Friday's showing of Mack and Mabel at the Theatre Royal was cancelled.

His agent tweeted: "The talented and much loved actor @GianniniAlex died suddenly of natural causes yesterday."

Actress Anna Marie Cseh said on Twitter it was a "real pleasure and privilege" to work with him.

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Image caption One theatregoer said the news was handled with "great sensitivity" by staff at the venue

Giannini, 52, also appeared in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Miss Monday, and featured in TV shows such as The Bill and Dalziel and Pascoe.

Agents Felix de Wolfe added: "An incredible life force has left the building."

Stephanie Sirr, chief executive of Nottingham Playhouse tweeted: "Shocking, terrible news. A lovely man with incredible zest for life. A great performer."

The performance on Friday evening was cancelled about an hour before the curtain was due to rise.

David Bloom, of the Chichester Festival Theatre production company, said: "There has been a company bereavement and so the performance tonight has had to be cancelled."

All remaining performances would go ahead as scheduled, the theatre said.

The theatre wrote on Facebook: "Thank you to everyone who was affected by last night's cancellation, for your patience and understanding."

Theatregoer Debbie Lumsden said on the same Facebook page: "Very sad news which was handled with great sensitivity by all the staff at the Theatre Royal last night."

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