Ryūji Harada Dropped From Sazae-san Stage Play After Apologizing For Adultery
posted on by Kim Morrissy
The official Twitter account of the Sazae-san stage play announced on Wednesday that actor Ryūji Harada will be dropped from the cast. He will be replaced by Shingo Katsurayama. The announcement came one week after Weekly Bunshun reported that Harada had been having affairs with multiple women.
Ryūji Harada held a press conference on May 31 to apologize for his adultery. He was initially slated to play Sazae's husband Masuo.
The Sazae-san stage play is part of the anime's 50th anniversary celebration, and the play's story is set a decade after the anime's story. It will open in Tokyo on September 3.
Norika Fujiwara will play the titular housewife character, Keiko Takahashi will play Sazae's mother Fune, and Ken Matsudaira will play Sazae's father Namihei. Takahiro Tamura is directing and writing the stage play.