West End Actor Has Breakdown Live On Stage During Play, Halts Performance

West End Actor Has Breakdown Live On Stage During Play, Halts Performance
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Actor Robert Glenister, who stars as Ash Morgan on BBC's Hustle and appeared in Ben Affleck's gangster film Live By Night, is currently appearing on a West End stage as Dave Moss in David Mamet's classic play Glengarry Glenn Ross. However, on Friday, November 10, the startled audience witnessed Glenister have a “breakdown” during the performance. Glenister reportedly “lost it emotionally," delaying the production for a short period.

Some theatergoers live-tweeted their concern:

Two weeks earlier, another performance was cancelled after Glenister grabbed his chest and shouted "Oh God," before collapsing. During the most recent incident, stage managers assured the audience that Glenister was "feeling better," and the play would continue with his understudy filling in for the rest of the evening. 

Glenister's spokesperson issued this statement:

During Act 1 of this evening’s performance of Glengarry Glen Ross, cast member Robert Glenister became unwell. The performance continued with understudy, Mark Carlisle, taking on the role of David Moss. We are pleased to report that Robert is feeling better and shows will continue as scheduled.

Though the cause of Glenister's "breakdown" is unknown, the Financial Times reported that he recently lost a court battle against HM Revenue and Customs, which will cost him as much as £147,547 ($194,205). The play follows U.S. real estate salesmen struggling to make sales with the threat of being fired hanging over their heads. 

Mr Robot actor Christian Slater, who also appears in the production, reportedly paid "a great tribute" to Glenister before the performance continued. The show also stars Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend and Daniel Ryan, and will be playing at London's Playhouse Theater through February.