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Spalding actor suffers setback after London starring role in Agatha Christie thriller is postponed

A former Spalding Grammar School student whose London West End theatre debut has been postponed because of coronavirus has defended the "resilience" of his profession.

Paul Hilliar (30), who was due to have played the lead role in Agatha's Christie's The Mousetrap from this month, claimed that people working in the arts and hospitality sectors deserved "sympathy" due to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was heavily criticised earlier this month when he said that "everyone is having to adapt" because of the pandemic and its economic, social and cultural impact.

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