Text of the Day: Gwyneth Paltrow dislocates her knee

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Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.

One from the archives: Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of many American stars to perform on the London stage. In May 2002, she starred in a revival of David Auburn’s Proof at the Donmar Warehouse. She proved to be quite a trooper.

“Paltrow’s staying power wasn’t bad as became clear early in the evening performance on May 18, three days after opening night. While reaching for a notebook in the opening scene, the actress fell over a chair and into a table, severely dislocating her left knee. Quite literally hobbling her way through the rest of the show, Paltrow went on Sunday (luckily, her day off) to see an orthopaedic consultant at the Wellington Hospital. His diagnosis called for rest, but Paltrow wouldn’t have it. Abandoning a production without understudies just wasn’t an option. She completed the run wearing a knee brace.” – Matt Wolf, Sam Mendes at the Donmar: Stepping into Freedom [2002]

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Aleks Sierz FRSA is a theatre critic, and author of the seminal study of new 1990s playwrights, In-Yer-Face Theatre. His other books include Rewriting the Nation, The Theatre of Martin Crimp, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights and Modern British Playwriting. His latest book (co-authored with Lia Ghilardi) is The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. Aleks blogs independently at www.sierz.co.uk and tweets at @alekssierz.
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Aleks Sierz FRSA is a theatre critic, and author of the seminal study of new 1990s playwrights, In-Yer-Face Theatre. His other books include Rewriting the Nation, The Theatre of Martin Crimp, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights and Modern British Playwriting. His latest book (co-authored with Lia Ghilardi) is The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. Aleks blogs independently at www.sierz.co.uk and tweets at @alekssierz.

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