Keira Knightley Broadway Debut Interrupted By “Fan” Taken Away In Handcuffs After Proposing Marriage
Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut on Thursday was interrupted by a so-called “fan” who was ultimately taken away in handcuffs.
Knightley is taking her first-ever turn on the Broadway stage in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin at the Studio 54 theater. The cast, which also includes Tony winner Judith Light, embarked on its very first preview show on Thursday night, only to be interrupted just minutes into the production. Five minutes after the play began, a man in the mezzanine section rushed to the railing and began screaming down to Knightley, saying he loved her and wanted to marry her.
When the actress, playing the lead role of Thérèse, did not respond, the audience member began angrily yelling out. And when an usher and security went to escort the man out of the crowd, he threw a bouquet of flowers that managed to land on stage. Knightley’s co-star Gabriel Ebert kicked them off, prompting cheers from the audience.
The unidentified man was ultimately apprehended by police, who took him from the famed venue in handcuffs. He was reportedly taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation, though it’s unclear if he was arrested. A show spokesperson says precautions will be taken during Friday’s preview, noting the Roundabout Theatre Company “takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously,” but “for obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”
Thérèse Raquin will have its official opening on October 29. Incidentally, Studio 54 is the same theater where Shia LaBeouf was arrested when he interrupted a showing of Cabaret last year. TELL US: What do you think of Knightley’s Broadway debut being marred?