Poluninpalooza, Part 2: Polunin drops out of "Midnight Express."The Telegraph
In a statement released this morning, his departure is simply ascribed to “unforeseen circumstances”. His part in the Peter Schaufuss ballet based on a book by Billy Hayes about a drug trafficker’s imprisonment in Turkey will be taken by Johan Christensen.
The 23-year-old failed to turn up for rehearsals of Midnight Express yesterday, according to the production’s director, despite being due to take the stage at the London Coliseum in the lead role next week.
Schaufuss told the BBC he was "hugely disappointed" after Polunin, 23, missed rehearsals on Wednesday."I saw him on Tuesday evening and he said he really wanted to dance. Since then we haven't seen him and nobody from our team has had any response from him....."
Sucking an imaginary joint with an exaggerated air in rehearsal, Polunin gave no special reason for his disappearance last year, beyond an urge to party and acquire lots of tattoos. On Twitter and in interviews he mentioned heroin and boasted of performing on cocaine.