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Curse of the Krankies: John Barrowman hurt after live panto horse fall


Scottish-American actor John Barrowman, 45, was playing the lead in a matinée performance of Jack and the Beanstalk when a live horse was spooked and threw him on to the stage at the SECC Clyde Auditorium.

After telling the audience he was feeling unwell, he was taken to the city’s Western Infirmary as a precaution. He is thought to have received a minor back injury.

Barrowman, who has TV roles in Doctor Who, Torchwood and Animals At Work, was appearing in the show with comedy duo The Krankies. In 2004 Janette Tough, better known as “Wee Jimmy Krankie”, was almost killed when she fell off a beanstalk at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre and fractured her skull. A spokeswoman for the SECC said: “During the matinée performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, John Barrowman suffered an injury on stage and has been taken to hospital as a precaution. His understudy stepped in.”

The performance was halted for 40 minutes before Barrowman’s stand-in, his cousin Greg Barrowman, was able to finish the show. The spokeswoman added: “John is completely fine. He is just a little bit bruised.”

It is hoped the Glasgow-born actor will return this afternoon, as the show is due to finish its run tomorrow. It is Barrowman’s third consecutive year performing with the Krankies in panto, after Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe.