MANHATTAN— Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut was interrupted when an audience member screamed out a proposal and threw a bouquet of flowers on stage.
Knightley, who plays the lead actress in the play “Thérèse Raquin,” was on stage Thursday night with co-star Gabriel Ebert when the disturbance took place. The audience member sitting in the mezzanine got up from his seat and walked to the railing where he began to shout at the stage.
According to a representative from the Roundabout Theatre Company, Knightley remained in character as the man yelled at her, and when she did not answer, he shouted, “Five seconds is too long to wait for a response!”
An usher escorted the man back to his seat and kept an eye on him as they waited for security.
Knightley went on with her performance and only paused once when security came and asked the man to leave. The man gathered his belongings and before leaving picked up a bouquet of flowers and threw them towards the stage.
The flowers landed on the stage and after a moment of silence, Ebert, walked over and kicked the bouquet off the stage into the wings, sending the audience into a thunderous applause.
“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously and extra security will be added beginning tonight,” a representative for the theater company said.
Though the theater could not comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures, the show will continue on Friday as planned.