An investigation has been launched by Shakespeare’s Globe after actor Shobna Gulati suffered an onstage injury during a performance of Richard II at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Gulati was injured on March 28. According to a witness at that night’s performance, a “prop fell from the ceiling and knocked one of the actors out”.
I went to the theatre tonight and half way through the show a prop fell from the ceiling and knocked one of the actors out so they called off the performance. It was a lot, I hope she’s okay.
— ChanYé (@ChantayyJayy) March 28, 2019
Audience member Ruth Pope told the Evening Standard: “It was pretty shocking. She certainly didn’t seem conscious when we left the theatre.”
The theatre did not confirm the cause of the injury but said an investigation was being carried out.
In a statement, it said: “Shobna Gulati was injured during a performance of Richard II on 28 March, but is recovering well at home. An investigation is underway. Shobna hopes to return to the role this week.”
Three shows were cancelled following the injury: two on March 29 and one on March 31.
Performances resumed on the evening of March 31, when the role of the Duke of York was played by Ann Ogbomo.
The production is the first Shakespeare play on a major UK stage performed by a cast of black and minority ethnic women.