According to a statement on the theatre's website, "During the matinee performance of Passion on Saturday David Birrell sustained an injury to his eye for which he is currently being treated in hospital. Our priorities are to David's well being and recovery; and to theatregoers who have purchased tickets for performances in the coming days. We are cancelling the show Monday to Wednesday and then hope to resume performances from Thursday. We will of course refund patrons who are unable to see the production."
It has been reported in the U.K. press that the injury was caused during a scene when Birrell, who plays Fosca's cousin Colonel Ricci, challenges Giorgio to a duel. According to the reports, he sustained a serious eye injury after a faulty gun was fired.
Birrell has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Grand Hotel, and was seen in the original West End cast of Monty Python's Spamalot. He has also worked extensively at the RSC, where he has appeared in productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Venetian Twins, Love’s Labours Lost, Moby Dick, Murder in the Cathedral, The Tempest, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Columbus.
Ticket holders for the affected performances should contact the box office on 0844 871 7624.