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Claire Sweeney is forced to stop playing after she has cut the open hand while peeling potatoes on stage

Claire Sweeney is forced to stop performing during the opening night of her new piece after she has cut her hand while peeling potatoes on stage

Claire Sweeney was forced to stop halfway through the performance during the opening night of her latest play after she cut her hand while peeling potatoes on stage and later getting stitches in the hospital.

The Brookside star, 48, had peeled and sliced ​​vegetables during a scene in Shirley Valentine’s play when the accident struck and she started pouring blood, reports Gloucestershire Live.

Claire, unable to continue with the flowing wound, told the audience at the Everyman Theater in Cheltenham that she had to leave the stage to get help and returned to finish the piece with a bloody bandage.

Injury: Claire Sweeney was forced to stop midway through the opening night of her latest play after she cut her hand while peeling potatoes on stage and later getting stitches in the hospital (pictured during the first rehearsal day)

Injury: Claire Sweeney was forced to stop midway through the opening night of her latest play after she cut her hand while peeling potatoes on stage and later getting stitches in the hospital (pictured during the first rehearsal day)

Claire later went to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting that the show continue, she was forced to go to the hospital to have the injury stitched after she had finished performing.

The actress tweeted in response to the praise of an audience member about her performance: “Thanks, went to the hospital and got it stitched up. You were a great audience! Xxx. “

Audience member Phil Butterworth believes he saw the actress cutting a 3 cm long and deep cut in the palm of her hand with a knife.

One women's show: the Brookside star, 48, had peeled and cut vegetables during a scene in the play Shirley Valentine when the accident struck and she began to pour blood, Gloucestershire Live

One women's show: the Brookside star, 48, had peeled and cut vegetables during a scene in the play Shirley Valentine when the accident struck and she began to pour blood, Gloucestershire Live

One women’s show: the Brookside star, 48, had peeled and cut vegetables during a scene in the play Shirley Valentine when the accident struck and she began to pour blood, Gloucestershire Live

The show must go on! Claire later went to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting that the show continue, she was forced to go to the hospital to get the injury stitched

The show must go on! Claire later went to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting that the show continue, she was forced to go to the hospital to get the injury stitched

The show must go on! Claire later went to Twitter to reveal that despite insisting that the show continue, she was forced to go to the hospital to get the injury stitched

He told Gloucestershire Live: ‘She is in the kitchen there to prepare everything for her husband when he comes home. She peeled a potato and then cut it with a knife. She cut it in the palm of her hand.

“She said,” I have to go and fix this. “

According to the audience member, Claire was then forced to stop the game again after the blood was soaked in the first dressing.

Home on stage: Claire shared a photo of her temporary 'home' the set of Shirley Valentine at the Everyman Theater in Cheltenham earlier this month

Home on stage: Claire shared a photo of her temporary 'home' the set of Shirley Valentine at the Everyman Theater in Cheltenham earlier this month

Home on stage: Claire shared a photo of her temporary ‘home’ the set of Shirley Valentine at the Everyman Theater in Cheltenham earlier this month

Mr. Butterworth added, “It’s a little bit different. That was the opening night. The whole thing was very good and it didn’t ruin it for everyone and it probably didn’t make it more memorable. She received a standing ovation. ”

I’m going to Twitter to tweet the star night’s drama fans: “I hope your hand heals quickly, loved the show last night, thank you very much for staying. Good luck with the rest of the tour! “

Another joke: “Enjoyed the show. I hope the hand isn’t that bad. Should have given him oven chips. ”

Getting to know the role: Claire shared a snap of herself last week by going over her rules by reading the Shirley Valentine script

Getting to know the role: Claire shared a snap of herself last week by going over her rules by reading the Shirley Valentine script

Getting to know the role: Claire shared a snap of herself last week by going over her rules by reading the Shirley Valentine script

Actor Russel Kane tweeted to Claire: ‘Only you! I wish you better, you brave trooper. Bravo for connecting and then continuing. Others should sit on a TV couch and cry over it. #propershowbiz ‘

Shirley Valentine continues until Saturday, February 22 at the Everyman Theater.

MailOnline has contacted Claire Sweeney’s representative for comments.

Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama of the night fans of the star tweeted their well wishes

Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama of the night fans of the star tweeted their well wishes

Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama of the night fans of the star tweeted their well wishes

Anna Tongue said: ‘I hope your hand heals quickly, loved the show last night, thank you very much for continuing to do it for us. Good luck with the rest of the tour! “

Dave Medcraft joked: “Enjoyed the show. I hope the hand isn’t that bad. Should have given him oven chips’

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