While performing in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion on the West End on Saturday, David Birrell was rushed to the hospital with a serious eye injury.
He was in the role of Colonel Ricci and when his character challenged another to a duel, the gun, which was supposed to fire blanks, did not do so.
Birrel was okay but was “looking shaken” while being taken to the ambulance. Of course, the performance was canceled after the incident.
No one knows what happened except that there was a problem with a gun, nor how serious the injury.
A spokesman for the theater said:
“During the matinee performance of Passion on Saturday David Birrell sustained an injury to his eye for which he is currently being treated in hospital. Our priorities are to David’s well being and recovery; and to theatregoers who have purchased tickets for performances in the coming days.”
Performances are canceled until Wednesday and all patrons are being given a refund.
We hope he's okay!
[Image via Geraint Lewis]