In the best show-must-go-on tradition, Aberdeen’s Lyric Musical Society had to prepare to stage their blockbusting show Singing in the Rain at His Majesty’s Theatre without one of their leading men last week.
For at rehearsals in the theatre on Tuesday - just 24 hours before the curtain was raised on opening night - one of the show’s two male leads, Ryan Peacock fell while practising some turns, landed badly and broke his leg.
Peterhead man Ryan was promptly taken to the accident and emergency department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where it was found he had broken his ankle in two places and now faces six weeks in plaster with the possibility of an operation at a later date.
Ryan was to have played Cosmo, the role made famous by Donald O’Conner in the much-loved 1952 MGM Hollywood musical.
Commenting from hospital, just hours after the accident, Ryan said: “I feel gutted - destroyed.
“Although it probably won’t sink in until tomorrow night I don’t even know if I’ll be able to get to the theatre tomorrow. I guess it’s just one of those things, unfortunately.”
The morning after Ryan was still awaiting surgery, he said : “Feeling pretty much the same today but I think I’m starting to accept it a little bit more and just want to get out to see the show and wish them all the best and especially Craig who has stepped in.”
Stepping in to take over the role of Cosmo, with just 24 hours to learn the part, was the show’s director Craig Pike.
“My heart goes out to Ryan because he has worked solidly for six months on preparing for this part,” said Craig.
“The whole company are thinking very much of him.”
The Lyric’s production of Singing in the Rain runs until Saturday.