Sunday, 6 January 2013

John Barrowman: misadventures in panto

Show must go on for John Barrowman who returns to panto after fall from horse
Scots TV star John Barrowman has returned to his role in panto Jack and the Beanstalk after recovering from injuries sustained in a stage accident.
Torchwood star John Barrowman has been hurt after falling from a horse during a performance of a panto in Glasgow.

The Krankies and John Barrowman in Jack And The Beanstalk
The Krankies and John Barrowman in Jack And The Beanstalk
Television star John Barrowman has recovered from a fall on stage to continue his pantomime performance.
Barrowman was performing in a matinee of Jack and the Beanstalk in Glasgow when he was hurt while riding a horse.
The Torchwood actor was taken to hospital as a precaution but felt better after resting overnight, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre venue said.
"After a good night's sleep, he felt able to carry on," the spokeswoman said.
"He was bruised but recovered and will perform for the rest of the run until it finishes on Sunday. We're all delighted. He's a trouper."
Barrowman has been starring as Jack alongside veteran performers The Krankies in the pantomime since December 15.
It is his third annual outing with the pair in his home city of Glasgow, appearing in Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe in previous years.
Jack and the Beanstalk panto has a history of misfortune. Janette Tough, better known as wee Jimmy Krankie, was taken to hospital after falling from the beanstalk prop at Glasgow's Pavillion Theatre in 2004.
Barrowman said before the pantomime run: "I love coming up and doing panto in Glasgow at Christmas.
"There's a sense of humour up here that is unlike any other in the country and it's the same kind of sense of humour that the three of us have, so it goes over very well."
Source (including photo): Daily Record

John Barrowman injured in Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime horse fall
From yesterday (5 Jan):
Actor John Barrowman has been injured during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at a Glasgow theatre.
The Doctor Who and Torchwood star was taken to hospital from the SECC Clyde Auditorium on Friday as a precaution. His injuries were not serious.
Barrowman had fallen off a live horse during the matinee show, which also stars the Krankies.
The Glasgow-born actor returned to the stage for a matinee performance on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's show, Barrowman told BBC Scotland he was "pleased to be back" but was still not feeling 100%.
He added: "I just felt the horse jitter underneath me, then the back end lifted up and then the next thing I knew I was in the air. I landed hard in the middle of the stage.
"I got back on with the show, but the shooting pain just went through my legs and my back. I said to the audience "ladies and gentlemen, I have to stop the show, I need to be checked out".
"Then I went round the back and basically collapsed and I was put in a stretcher and strapped up. It was quite scary."
Barrowman's understudy - his nephew Greg Barrowman - stepped in to finish the show.
Janette Tough, "Wee Jimmy" Krankie, was almost killed in an on-stage accident in the city in 2004.
She suffered a fractured skull after falling from a mechanical beanstalk at the Pavilion Theatre.
Jack and the Beanstalk is due to end its run on Sunday.
Source (including photo): BBC

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