Actor injured on stage after faulty gun goes off

Mon Oct 4, 2010 12:41pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - West End actor David Birrell was injured during a London performance over the weekend and taken to hospital when a faulty replica stage gun misfired, sending debris into his eye.

The Donmar Warehouse, where Birrell was acting in Stephen Sondheim's "Passion," said on Monday the actor was recovering in hospital and was "in good spirits."

The accident occurred during the duel scene in Passion, in which Birrell plays Colonel Ricci.

The Donmar said the show would be canceled between Monday and Wednesday and the theater "hoped to resume performances from Thursday."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Patricia Reaney)