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Claire Sweeney is forced to stop play after slicing open hand while peeling potatoes on stage

Claire Sweeney is forced to stop performing during the opening night of her new play after slicing her hand while peeling potatoes on stage

Claire Sweeney was forced to stop mid-performance on the opening night of her newest play after she sliced her hand open while peeling potatoes on stage and later received stitches in hospital.  

The Brookside star, 48, had been peeling and cutting veg during a scene in the Shirley Valentine play when the accident struck and she began to pour blood, reports Gloucestershire Live.

Not able to continue with the gushing wound, Claire reportedly told the audience at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham that she would have to leave the stage to get help and returned to finish the play with a bloodied bandage.

Injury: Claire Sweeney was forced to stop mid-performance on the opening night of her newest play after she sliced her hand open while peeling potatoes on stage and later received stitches in hospital (pictured during the first day of rehearsals)  

Claire later took to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting the show must go on she was forced to go to hospital to have the injury stitched up after she finished performing. 

The actress tweeted in response to an audience member’s praise of her performance: ‘Thank you, went to hospital and got it sewn up. You were an amazing audience! Xxx.’

Audience member Phil Butterworth believes he saw the actress cut a 3cm long and deep gash into the palm of her hand with a knife. 

One woman show: The Brookside star, 48, had been peeling and cutting veg during a scene in the Shirley Valentine play when the accident struck and she began to pour blood, reports Gloucestershire Live  

The show must go on! Claire later took to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting the show must go on she was forced to go to hospital to have the injury stitched up

He told Gloucestershire Live:  ‘She’s there in the kitchen getting everything ready for her husband when he gets home. She was peeling a potato and then cutting them with a knife. She cut the palm of her hand with it.

‘She said: “I am going to have to go off and get this sorted.”‘

According to the audience member Claire was then forced to stop the play again after blood soaked through the first bandage. 

At home on the stage: Claire shared a snap of her temporary ‘home’ the set of Shirley Valentine at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham earlier this month 

Mr Butterworth added: ‘It’s something a little bit different. That was the opening night. The whole thing was very good and that didn’t spoil it for everybody and probably didn’t made it more memorable. She got a standing ovation.’  

Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama of the night fans of the star tweeted: ‘Hope your hand heals quickly, loved the show last night, thanks so much for keeping going for us. Good luck with the rest of the tour!’

Another joked: ‘Enjoyed the show. Hope the hand is not too bad. Should have gave him oven chips.’  

Learning the role: Claire shared a snap last week of herself going over her lines by reading the Shirley Valentine script

Actor Russel Kane tweeted to Claire: ‘Only you! wishing you better, you brave trooper. Bravo for getting it bandaged & then carrying on. Others would have to go on a TV sofa & cry about it. #propershowbiz’ 

Shirley Valentine will continue at the Everyman Theatre until Saturday, February 22.

MailOnline has contacted Claire Sweeney’s rep for comment.

Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama of the night fans of the star tweeted their well wishes

Anna Tongue said: ‘Hope your hand heals quickly, loved the show last night, thanks so much for keeping going for us. Good luck with the rest of the tour!’

Dave Medcraft joked: ‘Enjoyed the show. Hope the hand is not too bad. Should have gave him oven chips’

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