An actor narrowly escaped death after slashing his throat on stage with a real knife, instead of a blunt stage-prop blade.
Daniel Hoevels slumped to the floor with blood pouring from his neck during a performance at Vienna’s Burgtheater.
He was rushed to hospital with a deep slice to his throat which fortunately missed his main artery.
Austrian police are investigating whether the incident was a mistake or a deliberate attack on the actor.
“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,” a doctor who treated Mr Hoevels, 30, told the newspaper Oesterreich.
The real-life drama happened last weekend during a performance of Friedrich Schiller’s play Mary Stuart, about Mary Queen of Scots.
Mr Hoevels’s character was supposed to commit suicide and the actor used what he thought was a blunt prop weapon.
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