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Surgery for actor injured in Blackpool performance

Trevor Jary as Pharaoh in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Trevor Jary as Pharaoh in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

An actor left badly injured after scenery fell on him during a performance in Blackpool is recovering after undergoing surgery in hospital.

Trevor Jary suffered a severe leg dislocation in the incident at Blackpool Opera House during a performance of Scrooge on Thursday night.

Mr Jary, 36, was playing Tom Jenkins in the production – which had to be cancelled as a result of the incident.

Friday’s performance went ahead as planned after Mr Jary’s understudy was drafted in.

Michael Williams, managing director of the Winter Gardens, said: “He was kept in hospital overnight and has had an operation.

“The (stage) equipment has been fully inspected.

“Everyone is satisfied it was a freak accident and the show will go on.”

The scenery, a wall and a door, fell on Mr Jary during a scene in which the door was opened. It happed just after the start of the show’s second half.

Theatre-goers at the performance told The Gazette they initially thought the incident was part of the act.

But they were alerted to its seriousness after a stage manager ran on mid-song to stop the show.

The curtain was brought down as paramedics were called to treat Mr Jary.

It was initially hoped the musical – which stars stage legend Tommy Steele – could continue.

But minutes later theatre bosses informed the audience the show had to be cancelled and Mr Jary, who has been a professional actor for the past 17 years, was taken to hospital.

His previous credits include BBC2’s Jerry Springer: The Opera and The One on ITV.

More recently, he played Pharaoh in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Opera House, which starred Ian “H” Watkins, formerly of Steps fame.

There were around 900 audience members at the Opera House when the incident happened.

They have been offered tickets to another show.

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