Actor left ‘crying and whimpering’ on stage after injury during West End Pinter season
A performance as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season was called to an abrupt halt after an actor sustained an injury on stage.
The incident happened on November 2, at the start of Night School, at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The play is part of a season of Pinter’s works being staged at the venue.
According to an eyewitness, an unidentified female performer stepped off part of the set – described as an “open-sided box” – and “appeared to fall”. She said the actor may have caught her foot under the revolving box.
“But she was sitting on the floor, legs out in front of her with her foot possibly under the box and crying and whimpering,” she added.
She said the audience called for the curtain to be brought down as she was “obviously in distress”. However, the production does not feature a curtain.
Jamie Lloyd, who is curating the season through his production company, then came on stage to apologise for “technical problems”, the eyewitness said, adding that “people tended to the woman and held coats around her to shield her from view”.
The show was then cancelled and audience members were asked to leave.
Night School is performed as part of Pinter Four, which also includes Moonlight. A planned performance on November 6 has also been cancelled.
The producers of Pinter at the Pinter said: “Unfortunately one of our cast members sustained an injury on stage, which meant we could not continue the show. We have offered refunds or exchanges to audience members and have cancelled the next performance of Pinter Four on Tuesday night (November 6) in order to make sure we have sufficient time to rework her plot in the show safely.
“She is doing very well and we look forward to having her back and continuing performances as planned.”