John Barrowman has vowed to continue performing in the Jack and the Beanstalk panto in Glasgow, after he suffered a fall during a matinee performance, the Scottish Daily Record reports.
Barrowman fell from a horse – a live one that is, not your average panto horse, during the pantomime performance, which also features quirky Scottish comedy characters the Krankies.
The Torchwood star was taken to hospital after the incident, which happened at the SECC Clyde Auditorium but his injuries were not deemed to be serious, the BBC reports. A spokeswoman for SECC told the Daily Record “After a good night's sleep, he felt able to carry on. He was bruised, but recovered and will perform for the rest of the run until it finishes on Sunday. We're all delighted. He's a trouper.” This isn’t the first time that a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk has been at the centre of an onstage accident. Back in 2004, Janette Tough (better known as ‘Wee Jimmy Krankie’ fell from a beanstalk prop and was almost killed. It sort of makes you wonder why they’re doing it again. Looks as though Barrowman isn’t the only ‘trouper’ in the cast.
Before the pantomime began, Barrowman revealed how much he loves performing at panto time, especially up in Glasgow. “There's a sense of humour up here that is unlike any other in the country and it's the same kind of sense of humour that the three of us have, so it goes over very well,” he said. No wonder he was so keen to get back on the horse, then.