There was a ghost in the machine at a performance of Nativity the Musical last week. Or rather, a ghost in the lift.
According to social media, a performance on October 31 was delayed when cast members were trapped in a theatre lift. For three hours. Can you imagine? Ten adult cast members from a musical all trapped together in a lift. Tabard reckons there can’t have been much room for jazz hands. Running at the Liverpool Empire at the time, the show had to delay its start.
“Due to 10 members of the adult acting company trapped in a lift at the theatre for several hours this afternoon, this evening’s performance will now commence at 7.45pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” the show’s Twitter account said.
It didn’t escape Tabard’s attention that the incident was at Halloween. Spooky. Performers confined in the lift included Simon Lipkin, and co-star Scott Garnham shared a photo of the trapped performers, seemingly in good spirits, despite the prolonged period of confinement.
Tabard hopes they used the time to go over their lines, warm up their vocals and sing a few tunes. Maybe they even tried to recreate the Nativity – plenty of asses to choose from, but were there enough wise men?