Phoenix rocking says Sheffield radio star

The cast of Phoenix Nights, including Toby Foster, second from right.
The cast of Phoenix Nights, including Toby Foster, second from right.
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Radio Sheffield presenter and comedian Toby Foster has hailed Phoenix Nights co-star Ted Robbins, who collapsed on stage.

The cult TV comedy, set in the fictional Phoenix Club in Lancashire, is being performed live on stage to raise funds for Comic Relief.

However, Saturday’s opening night had to be stopped when 59-year-old Ted, who plays rival club owner Den Perry, collapsed on stage.

He was rushed to hospital where he is said to be ‘doing well’.

BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show presenter Toby, who plays Les Campbell, one half of the club’s backing band Les Alanos, posted on Twitter: “Still stunned. I love Ted Robbins. A great mate. Get well.”

The second show went ahead as planned last night, without Ted, although the audience still gave him a standing ovation at the end.

And Toby, aged 45, from Harley, near Chapeltown, said afterwards: “Sweet Baby Jesus and The Orphans. The Phoenix rose tonight. Rocking. Ted was in my thoughts all the way through.”

Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Live continues at Manchester Arena until Monday, February 16. For tickets, visit www.manchester-areana.com