Leeds Grand Theatre: Carousel actor in hospital after mid-show heart attack UPDATED

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A male lead in Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack during a performance.

John Woodvine, who plays the Star Keeper, was backstage when he suddenly collapsed during Friday night’s show.

The curtain was brought down around 30 minutes before the end of the performance and a member of staff came on stage to ask if there was a doctor in the audience.

It is thought that at least one doctor volunteered their services and the 83-year-old actor was taken to hospital, where he is still recovering.

The show did not resume following the emergency and Opera North, which is staging the production, is now contacting all audience members to offer them tickets to another performance.

A spokeswoman said: “A member of the cast was taken ill during Friday’s performance and the performance was stopped. They are stable and there is nothing more to update at this moment.

“Members of the audience are now being contacted and offered tickets to an alternative performance of Carousel ahead of the final show in Leeds on May 19.”

John Woodvine is well known for playing TV policemen in Z Cars and Softly Softly and more recently played Frank Gallagher’s father Neville in Channel 4 drama Shameless.

His film credits include An American Werewolf in London and during a stage career going back to the 1950s, he performed alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench as Banquo in Macbeth.

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