DAVID Tennant may be able to return to the Royal Shakespeare Company's current production of Hamlet before it ends its London run, the company has said. The 37-year-old had an operation for a slipped disc on 11 December. His understudy, Edward Bennett, has been playing Hamlet since 8 December. In a statement, the RSC said doctors were "pleased" with the star's progress and his recovery was "encouraging". Tennant added he hoped "to make it back some time before the end of the run". "We are not ruling out that he [Tennant] might be able to return to Hamlet during the last week of the run, although we cannot be more specific about the exact date of his possible return," the RSC said. Tennant said he was "grateful for all the terrific medical attention" he had received. "Although it is frustrating to have to take it easy whilst all my friends and colleagues continue at the Novello Theatre every night, I am aware that I must listen to the experts and take my time," he said. "I am impatient to be back at work and sincerely hope to make it back some time before the end of the run. "I am very sorry to disappoint anyone who booked to come and see me in Hamlet, but confident that you will be far from disappointed by Edward Bennett's performance in the title role," he added. Tennant's run as Hamlet at the Novello Theatre is due to finish on 10 January. He played the Danish prince 60 times in Stratford-upon-Avon over the summer, ahead of the production's transfer to London. - BBC