London Lookout: Actor Injured During Macbeth Performance

macbeth3The Scottish Play Strikes Again! It’s not too often we find ourselves blogging about theatre injuries here at Luner on Theatre. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. The theatre world is lucky to be filled with plenty of educated people working daily to not only ensure the best possible productions but the safest productions as well. However, accidents do happen and today we are flying across the pond to bring you the news of one that was a close call for sure. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news of an actor who was injured during a performance of Macbeth in England.

Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. The play was written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The story tells of a young lad, Macbeth, who chooses a dark path on his way to power. He first begins by killing off the current monarch in power and then continues to kill to remain in power. His murderous rampage leads his country into a civil war and eventually he loses everything in his life that gave him meaning and purpose. The play comes to an end as Macbeth takes his own life. It is one of the darkest and most powerful tragedies ever written for the stage.

manchester-international-festivalThe actor was injured during a performance of Macebth currently playing at the Manchester International Festival. According to an audience member who witnessed the accident take place, one of the actors onstage was hit by one of the real swords during a fighting sequence in the production. The actor was reportedly injured by Kenneth Branagh, who is co-directing and starring in the production.

The Manchester International Festival released the following statement on the accident:

“An actor was hurt during one of the fight scenes in a performance of Macbeth on Wednesday night. MIF has qualified medics on site during each performance and the actor was assessed and told he was fine to continue on with the evening’s performance. The actor was taken to hospital afterwards as a precaution.”

There are always superstitions and fears behind productions of Macbeth. Why exactly? As legend has it, Shakespeare reportedly used real witch spells in the play which angered witches who then cursed the production. Think we’re kidding?

The Full List of Accidents that have occurred during Macbeth Productions

Kenneth Branagh’s production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival is playing a sold out run through July 20th, 2013! The show has received rave reviews from critics and marks the first time Branagh has appeared onstage performing Shakespeare in over 10 years. With the show scoring well with critics across the pond, is this production of Macbeth eyeing a New York transfer? More details on that later this week on the blog! Check back for that – trust me! For more information, visit the Manchester International Festival’s Macbeth’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!


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