Second accident in 'Scottish panto' with The Krankies and John Barrowman
JACK And the Beanstalk is turning into 'The Scottish panto' — the one whose name can't be muttered on stage.
With two major incidents in two successive runs, the seasonal favourite has more than a resemblance of the bad luck of Macbeth for Torquay couple The Krankies.
Despite the box office takings of almost £1.5millon, the first Jack and The Beanstalk since Janette Tough nearly lost her life has seen another major accident.
At the Pavilion Theatre back in 2004, a mechanical beanstalk collapsed, leaving Janette with life-threatening injuries.
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Just as The Krankies thought they had escaped at the Glasgow SECC, John Barrowman was whisked off to hospital after falling from a horse.
Ian Tough said: "John fell. We had the lights off. He came on to do a bit of business and the cloth had not come down properly. The star cloth had come in and spooked the horse. He was riding bareback at the time and came straight off it. It gave him a bit of a scare. He wasn't able to go on with the show and his understudy came on while he went off hospital. He was back for the last show but he didn't ride the horse again".
It is the third year in a row The Krankies have teamed up with the Torchwood star in what, despite the incident, is one of country's most successful pantomimes.
"It was fantastic" Mr Tough said.
"We had 80,000 people through the doors."