Barry Cryer in stage fall

Show cancelled – but he's OK

Barry Cryer had to cancel a live show at the weekend, after falling 4ft off the stage.

The 77-year-old stumbled as he made his way off the stage for the interval of his Butterfly Brain show at the Regal in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, on Saturday.

The audience gasped and then fell silent as they saw him fall, but he was quickly attended by a nurse in the audience until paramedics could give him a check-up.

Although he suffered only minor cuts, Cryer decided to call off the remainder of the show after the medics warned he could be suffering shock. The decision won the approval of the audience.

The local Tenbury Blogreported: ‘Initially he wanted to continue with the show, but was persuaded to rest, and not attempt to continue.The audience applauded loudly as the announcement was made.’

Theatre manager Ian Little said: ‘Due to the dazzle from the lights Barry lost sight of the exit into the theatre wings and fell from the side of the stage. Luckily he only only suffered a slight cut to his hand.’

After the show, Cryer was seen laughing and joking with some of the 150 audience members about the incident – and had promise to organise a return date.

A statement on the venue’s website said: ‘The Regal Tenbury, Barry Cryer and his management would like to thank the audience for their understanding and warm wishes after the show had to be abandoned.

It added that all ticket-holders would be contacted once a replacement date has been organised.

Cryer’s agent has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Published: 18 Feb 2013

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