Stage Manager Paralyzed in London Theatre Accident Awarded Millions in Historic Settlement

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Rachael Presdee, a London stage manager who was left paralyzed after falling ten feet through an unmarked backstage door, has been awarded £3.7 million, according to the Guardian.

Presdee was working on the Headlong Theatre production of Boys at the Soho Theatre when she opened an unmarked backstage door in search of a fellow theatre employee and walked through a black curtain, assuming it led to another part of the stage. In fact, the door was ten feet above stage level and had been used for the Balcony Scene in prior productions of Romeo and Juliet. It was never secured. Prior to Presdee's injury, the door had been identified as a potential safety hazard, but was never properly dealt with.

According to London Equity, the out-of-court settlement was the biggest in the union's history. Presdee's settlement will assist with her future care, including specially adapting her home, as well as wages lost due to her injuries.

The theatre was separately prosecuted by Westminster City Council for violating safety laws. A sentence will be handed down Dec. 15.

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