Actor shot on stage in Britain

October 4th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 4 (IANS) An actor was rushed to the hospital with a bullet injury to his eye after he was accidentally shot while performing in a theatre in Britain.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion” was immediately cancelled after the incident which occurred during a matinee performance Saturday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

David Birrell, 35, who was playing a colonel in the musical at the Donmar Warehouse theatre, was enacting a scene in which his character challenged another soldier to a duel. But it is understood that there was a fault with the gun, which was meant to fire blanks.

Witnesses said they saw the actor being carried to an ambulance “looking shaken” and with his right eye bandaged following the show.

Simon Bailey, the actor who plays a lieutenant in the play, tweeted: “Thank you all, we had an incident this eve, I won’t divulge, but keep good thoughts for my friend please fellow twits xx.”

A Donmar spokesman said: “During the matinee performance of ‘Passion’ Saturday David Birrell sustained an injury to his eye for which he is currently being treated in hospital.

“Our priorities are to David’s wellbeing and recovery; and to theatregoers who have purchased tickets for performances in the coming days,” he added.

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