YORK Musical Theatre Company's production of Betty Blue Eyes at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, will not go ahead next week.

In a statement released yesterday morning, the company said: "Due to the sudden and unavoidable withdrawal from the show by a leading member of the company, it is with regret and sincere apologies that we have had to make the difficult decision of cancelling the performances of Betty Blue Eyes from May 22 to 25.

"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and want to thank you for your continuing support of York Musical Theatre Company. Any pre-booked tickets for the show will be fully refunded and you will be contacted by the theatre; please bear with us in this process."

Anyone with queries regarding their tickets should contact the theatre box office on 01904 501935.