Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he is “absolutely devastated” as he revealed his eldest son Nicholas is “critically ill” with gastric cancer.
The Oscar-winning composer will miss the opening of Bad Cinderella at New York’s Imperial Theatre due to his son – also a composer – being in hospital.
“I am absolutely devastated to say that my eldest son Nick is critically ill,” said Lord Lloyd-Webber in a statement.
“As my friends and family know, he has been fighting gastric cancer for the last 18 months and Nick is now hospitalised.
“I therefore have not been able to attend the recent previews of Bad Cinderella and as things stand, I will not be able to cheer on its wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on opening night this Thursday.
“We are all praying that Nick will turn the corner. He is bravely fighting with his indomitable humour, but at the moment my place is with him and the family.”
Nicholas Lloyd Webber, 43, is known for scoring the BBC One drama Love, Lies And Records and a theatrical and symphonic version of The Little Prince.
He also produced his father‘s Symphonic Suites at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London and was nominated for a Grammy alongside his father for a musical theatre album for Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Cinderella.
Lord Lloyd-Webber – who has three Grammys, four Tony Awards and an Academy Award – had been set to open Bad Cinderella on Thursday after it was announced last year, saying that he was “thrilled & delighted” for it.
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What is gastric cancer?
Gastric cancer – also known as stomach cancer – is when cells form in the lining of the stomach and grow abnormally.
If the cancer is found at an early stage, there is a possibility that it can be treated.
There are many symptoms associated with stomach cancer, some of which may be hard to spot – the NHS says they include:
• Heartburn or acid reflux
• Issues with swallowing
• Feeling or being sick
• Feeling full very quickly
• Loss of appetite and weight loss
• Pain at the top of the stomach
• Feeling very fatigued
• A lump at the top of the stomach
According to Bupa, around 6,600 people in the UK get stomach cancer each year.