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Ooh er, missus. It's a National nightmare. Antony Sher has withdrawn from Terry Johnson's forthcoming Carry On comedy Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. According to an insider, the actors playing Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor gave "uncanny" impersonations at the first read-through, leading Sher to believe himself miscast as Sid James. He has been replaced by Geoffrey Hutchings. Furthermore, a knee injury has forced Alan Bates to retire from Antony and Cleopatra. Helen Mirren will now play the Queen of the Nile opposite Alan Rickman (right).

National Theatre, South Bank Centre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000)

David Benedict