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."