Rsc Play Delayed After Actor Injured

Executives at Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have delayed the opening of their latest production after the lead actor was "seriously" injured by a prop firearm.
Antony and Cleopatra is due to launch in Stratford-upon-Avon, England on 20 April (10) but opening night has been pushed back until 10 May (10) after Darrell D'Silva hurt his hand when a fake gun misfired.
The incident occurred earlier this month (Apr10), and D'Silva has undergone surgery and returned to rehearsals - but theatre bosses have decided to postpone the show until he has fully recovered.
A statement issued by the RSC reveals the star sustained a "serious injury to his hand from the mechanism of a prop firearm" during technical rehearsals.
RSC artistic director Michael Boyd adds, "I am very pleased Darrell is making a good recovery. He has shown great grit in returning to the show so quickly after a serious injury. But he is still in a sling and playing through pain. We have restaged much of the show to accommodate a one-armed Antony, and have lost a great deal of rehearsal time, so I have taken the decision to postpone our scheduled press night.
"Obviously it's not a decision to be taken lightly, but I would like to give the company the chance to showcase the production to critics when Darrell has had a little more recovery time. We do take health and safety very seriously and, of course, have instigated a full investigation into what happened."


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I do not understand this article. We (8 of us)attended the performance which we had booked and paid for in February, at 7.15 pm on Saturday 17 April. Was this just a rehearsal? Certainly the actor playing Antony had his hand in a sling but there was no announcement about it before or after the performance. We were VERY disappointed that it was in modern dress and thought many of the actors miss-cast, though they did their best.
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