Rylance quits after death of stepdaughter


Mark Rylance, the star of the hit play Jerusalem, has pulled out of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics following the death of his stepdaughter.

The film-maker Nataasha van Kampen, 28, who worked with Rylance on the short film Nocturne, died suddenly on Sunday. Rylance was due to read passages from The Tempest at the ceremony. He has withdrawn from the event but will continue in the title role of Richard III which is to start previews later this month, as well as Olivia in an all-male production of Twelfth Night.