Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ross Caught Up in House of Flying Daggers; Londoner's Diary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ross Caught Up in House of Flying Daggers; Londoner's Diary

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"IS this a dagger which I see before me?" is supposed to be Shakespeare's line for Macbeth -- not the startled cry of an audience member during a West End performance of Othello at the Trafalgar Studios. This is what happened on Wednesday night when a hapless woman inadvertently got stabbed in the arm after a fight scene on stage went awry.

"The lady in seat eight row B was hit by a flying dagger which slipped from the grasp of an actor playing Cassio who was involved in a stage fight," says my man in the auditorium. "Her arm was cut and blood covered the sleeve of her jumper. Lenny Henry saw the incident from the wings and let out a cry of concern. The actor realised he'd lost the weapon, leant over the seat and picked it up and the production just carried on.

"The brave woman made no fuss, and none of the theatre staff came to attend her. …

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