Monday, October 4

Passion cancelled for next few days at Donmar due to David Birrell's injury

As mentioned yesterday, the evening perfomance of Passion at the Donmar Warehouse was cancelled on Saturday because one of the cast were injured.

I can now reveal that this was David Birrell

A statement from the Donmar says: "During the matinee performance of Passion on Saturday David Birrell sustained an injury to his eye for which he is currently being treated in hospital. Our priorities are to David's well being and recovery; and to theatregoers who have purchased tickets for performances in the coming days. We are cancelling the show Monday to Wednesday and then hope to resume performances from Thursday. We will of course refund patrons who are unable to see the production." 

So hopefully Birrell will be well enough for Passion to re-open on Thursday 7th..

The injury was caused during a scene when Birrell (who plays Fosca's cousin Colonel Ricci) challenges Giorgio (played by David Thaxton)  to a duel. Apparently he sustained a serious eye injury after a faulty gun was fired.

Birrell has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Grand Hotel and in the original West End cast of Monty Python's Spamalot. .

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