A second Royal Shakespeare Company actor has been injured during a performance just two weeks after another lead role accidentally shot himself on the same stage.
Sam Troughton, 33, suffered cuts to his hand after he crashed his bicycle into railings during a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
The audience watched in horror as Sam, who was riding a bicycle off the stage at the end of Act II Scene 3, careered off the set and clattered into iron railings.
One fan said: ”It was horrible to watch. He tried to cycle off the stage but lost his footing and smashed into railings at the back of the stage.”
The actor, who was playing Romeo, carried on with the show at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks., but needed medical attention the next day.
An RSC spokesman said: ”He rode his bike into the gate part of the set, cut his hand but carried on.
”He went to the minor injuries unit on Friday morning but everything is fine and he didn’t go out of the show.”
The accident comes just two weeks after another of the RSC’s leading men Darrell D’Silva, 46, accidentally shot himself in the hand during rehearsals at the theatre.
Mr D’Silva, who plays Antony in Shakespeare’s tragedy, incurred the ‘serious’ injury to his hand from the mechanism of the prop during a technical rehearsal.
The actor is now making a full recovery.