Robert Glenis­ter freezes on West End stage, two weeks af­ter col­laps­ing dur­ing per­for­mance

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Harry Yorke

A WEST END pro­duc­tion was halted last night af­ter one of its lead­ing ac­tors was said to have “lost it emo­tion­ally” on stage.

Robert Glenis­ter, best known for his star­ring roles in BBC drama se­ries Spooks and Hus­tle, was said to have “frozen up” dur­ing an evening per­for­mance of Glen­garry Glen Ross at the Play­house The­atre.

It comes two weeks af­ter the the­atre was forced to can­cel a show­ing of David Mamet’s crime drama, when Glenis­ter col­lapsed on stage in front of hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors. Speak­ing af­ter the in­ci­dent, one au­di­ence mem­ber said that Glenis­ter had stopped mid-per­for­mance, be­fore shout­ing “Oh God!” and fall­ing to the floor clutch­ing his chest.

“We thought it was part of the show at first. He was get­ting into it, shout­ing about how much he wanted sales when sud­denly he stopped talk­ing and just fell for­ward,” they added.

Last night, mem­bers of the au­di­ence tweeted their con­cern for the ac­tor, who stage man­agers later con­firmed was “feeling bet­ter”.

One the­atre-goer wrote: “Never had this hap­pen be­fore. Robert Glenis­ter just froze up on stage. Looks like he lost it emo­tion­ally. Cur­tain down. Wait­ing to see what hap­pens.”

Fol­low­ing an hour’s post­pone­ment, man­agers last night con­firmed that the show would be re­sum­ing, with un­der­study Mark Carlisle tak­ing over.

Robert Glenis­ter “lost it emo­tion­ally” in Glen­garry Glen Ross last night, claimed a Play­house The­atre au­di­ence mem­ber

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