December 11, 2008
Prop knife swapped, actor injured
Austrian police said they were investigating after an actor injured himself on stage with a real knife that was supposed to be a dull prop.
Investigators said Daniel Hoevels' character in Friedrich Schiller's play
Mary Stuart at Vienna's Burgtheater is supposed to commit suicide by slashing his throat on stage with a prop knife but the fake weapon was somehow replaced with a sharp knife before Hoevels went on stage, the BBC reported Thursday.
If the actor had put a little more pressure on the knife or even struck an artery, he would probably have bled to death on the stage, said one doctor involved with Hoevels' treatment.
Police said they didn't know how the knives became switched and they hadn't ruled out foul play.