A special performance of Wind In The Willows was called off half way through after an actor suffered an injury.
Audiences attending the preview performance at the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot yesterday, November 27, reported hearing "screaming and crying" backstage before being hurried out of the building.
One audience member said: "In the second half of the performance the actors went off stage as part of the performance, but there was a bit of a delay in the performance continuing. Next minute a stage hand asks everyone to remain seated. Then next minute someone's screaming and crying backstage, and we all get ushered out quickly.
"Two ambulances attended the stage door a short time later."
Playhouse chief executive Melanie Lewis said the unexpected cancellation was caused by an accident during a choreographed fight scene. She said: "Unfortunately, last night’s preview performance of The Wind in The Willows was stopped in the second act following an accident involving a member of the cast.
"During a choreographed fight scene, the actor fell, and The Cockpit Theatre was then evacuated. The actor was taken to hospital, where they underwent a full assessment and were subsequently discharged. The actor is well and in good spirits.
"We appreciate it may have been challenging for audiences to witness the accident and we thank them for their patience and support. Our priority is the wellbeing of all our people and audiences. As a result of the incident, we have taken the decision to cancel this evening's performance as a duty of care to the cast and creative team. We are looking forward to welcoming audiences to share this beautiful show together."