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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 11:48 GMT
Bruno recovers for panto role
Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno says he is well enough to take to the stage
Ex-heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno has confirmed he will be back on stage this Christmas in his annual pantomime role.

Bruno, 41, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in September after police and health workers visited his Essex home.

He left hospital on 18 October but says he is ready to return to public performance as the genie of the lamp in Aladdin at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Bruno, who had been suffering from depression, said on the theatre's website he was feeling well and would be appearing in the show which has sold 18,000 tickets for performances in December and January.

Messages of support

The former world boxing champion said: "I have never missed panto in the last 10 years.

"It is my favourite time of year and this year Aladdin has been especially written for me, so there is no way I will not be there and no way I would let down all my fans.

"I have really appreciated the thousands of messages of support.

"If you wrote to me personally, sorry I haven't been able to reply, I was over-whelmed by everyone's kindness."

He added: "I'm feeling really well now and I can't wait for rehearsals to start in a few weeks."

Bruno leaves hospital
19 Oct 03  |  Essex
Q&A: Mental health 'sectioning'
20 Aug 02  |  Health
Profile: Frank Bruno
23 Sep 03  |  Boxing
How Bruno's troubles began
23 Sep 03  |  Boxing
Bruno's career in pictures
22 Sep 03  |  Photo Galleries

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