Dorian Gray performance cancelled as star recovers from on-stage accident

Actor Eryn Jean Norvill is doing well after a dramatic on-stage accident during Tuesday evening’s performance of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and is expected to return for Friday’s performance.

However, Sydney Theatre Company was forced to cancel Wednesday’s matinee performance of the one-woman show to give the star time to recover.

Audience members were left confused and then concerned on Tuesday evening after just four minutes before the end of the much-acclaimed show at Walsh Bay’s Roslyn Packer Theatre.

Norvill stumbled, fell to the floor and lay there very quietly, said Sydney Morning Herald journalist Julie Power, who was in the audience. At first, a lot of people in the audience were saying, ‘Is that part of the show? ’ because when she hit the ground she was lying there so still.

The stage crew reacted quickly, bringing down the curtain and turning up the house lights. Shortly afterwards it was announced Norvill would be unable to continue. Ambulance crews attended the theatre but Norvill didn’t need to go to hospital for what was described as a minor head injury.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, which relies heavily on video technology, has been a huge hit for Norvill and the Sydney Theatre Company.

In , Sydney Morning Herald critic John Shand declared it was one of those rare nights in the theatre that can like a drug, rearrange the chemistry of one’s brain.

After its return season in Sydney wraps up in mid-May the production goes to Arts Centre Melbourne and then is expected to embark on an international tour taking in New York and London.

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