The Coventry man was also due to play Prince Escalus in a Romeo and Juliet production at Rugby Theatre starting in May.

Run by the RSC, Open Stages is an initiative that invites amateur theatre companies from across the UK to perform their own Shakespearean productions.

Working with ten regional theatres the RSC aim to bring amateurs and professionals together to share ideas and learn about each other’s work.

Mr Mason was an actor with one of the Midlands theatre companies involved, MDCC.

The showcase celebrating amateur theatre takes place at the Courtyard Theatre on Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th March.

Adrian Mason featured on a poster as Edmund in the RSC's Open Stages production of King lear last year.