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Winona Ryder "saddened" at having to cancel Irish festival appearance

The actress was due to appear at the International Beckett Festival but had to pull out due to a sudden bereavement.

Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
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HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS WINONA Ryder has cancelled two public appearances at an Irish festival due to a bereavement.

The star of the Iceman, Heathers and Edward Scissorhands has had to pull out of the Happy Days International Beckett Festival due to a sudden bereavement.

Festival founder and Artistic Director Sean Doran said: “I heard from Winona last night that she had just lost a dear friend and would not now be able to come to the festival taking place next week in Enniskillen.”

He said the actress “was very apologetic and saddened at not being able to come as planned as she had been very much looking forward to taking part in the festival”.

She told me she hopes to come next year instead. It is of course a great shame that Winona will not be joining us this year and all our thoughts are with her at this very sad time.

Ryder was to have made two public appearances at the festival as part of The Tellers and The Tales programme. She was due to read two Beckett short prose pieces and a poem.

However, fans of the actress can still catch her in Robert Wilson’s video portrait where she plays Winnie in Beckett’s play Happy Days. This will still be on show at the Clinton Centre as part of the Festival’s visual arts programme.

If you are one of the people who has bought tickets to see Winona Ryder on stage at the festival, you are invited to contact the box office to receive a full refund.

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