Actor Linda Eitelberg.
Actor Linda Eitelberg.

Crash upstages theatre performance

IT WAS a scene straight out of the troubled life of Basil Fawlty.

A multiple car crash outside the Rochdale Theatre on Saturday gave the matinee audience more of a show than they had bargained for. They were waiting to enter the theatre when two cars heading eastwards on the Bruxner Highway collided and skidded over the median strip.

One was struck by a vehicle heading in the other direction.

The other – which a witness said seemed to fly through the air – ploughed into a Toyota Corolla parked outside the theatre.

It belonged to actor Linda Eitelberg, who was preparing to go on as Lady Morris in A Touch of Class, one of two Fawlty Towers episodes on the afternoon’s bill.

No one was hurt in the accident, but Ms Eitelberg said: “I’ve only had that car for a month. It was my first good car.”

Aside from dents and scratches to the rear, she said she would have to wait for the curtain to fall before she could check out if it was driveable.

Like a true professional, however, the P-plate driver didn’t think it would affect her performance and the show went on before a full house.

Fawlty Towers plays at the Rochdale Theatre over the next two weekends.



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