According to reports, Connie Fisher has been forced to quit her role as Maria in the stage adaptation of The Sound of Music over a vocal condition.

The Telegraph newspaper reports that Fisher’s vocal problem has left her unable to reach the high notes.

Since winning the BBC talent contest, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Fisher has headlined the West End production and featured in a touring production of the hit musical.

However, Fisher has pulled out of the stage show vowing that she will never play the part of Maria again.

She said: "After many months of battling with a throat condition known as congenital sulcus vocalis, my vocal range has altered dramatically and it is with much regret that I have to withdraw from The Sound of Music, as I no longer have the range to sing the part of Maria.”

Fisher added: "My journey with this amazing show has been such a magical one, and I am devastated that I am not able to close the tour."

For the remaining dates of the tour in Manchester, London, Cardiff and Newcastle, Fisher will be replaced by Emmerdale actress, Verity Rushworth.