Stephen Sondheim - British Actor Sues After Accident During West End Show
A British actor is suing theatre bosses for $400,000 (£250,000) after he was accidentally shot in the face during a West End production of Stephen Sondheim's play Passion.
David Birrell was admitted to hospital with a serious eye injury following the 2010 incident at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
Bosses launched an investigation, and Birrell, who lost the sight in his right eye and suffered permanent disfigurement, has now taken legal action against executives at Donmar Warehouse Projects Ltd.
He claims the "cosmetic disability" has blighted his career and personal life, and he is demanding $400,000 in damages.
The theatre company has admitted liability, but denies negligence and is seeking a contribution to any damages payout from prop makers History in the Making Ltd, which bosses say supplied the gun, according to London's Evening Standard newspaper.
Lawyers for History in the Making state that "the guns supplied had been competently serviced and cleaned prior to supply".