Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Dying Freud actor in stage collapse

An actor playing the dying psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud has collapsed on stage in the US

An actor playing the dying psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud has collapsed on stage in New York.

The life-imitates-art incident happened during a matinee performance of Freud's Last Session on the Upper West Side.

The play imagines a meeting between Freud and Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis shortly before Freud's death.

Actor Martin Rayner, playing Freud, rose from an armchair and fell to his knees. Mark Dold, who plays Lewis, asked if a doctor was in the house.

Stage manager Kate Cudworth says a doctor went on stage and sat with Rayner.

Rayner was taken to St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Centre. Ms Cudworth said he was conscious and alert.

An understudy played Freud for the evening performance.

Rayner said he hoped to be back for the next performance.