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Man Disrupts Keira Knightley's Broadway Debut, Throws Flowers on Stage

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Not quite the standing ovation Kira Knightley was expecting.

Knightley‘s Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin came to a screeching (screaming?) halt on Thursday night at Studio 54 in New York City when an audience member interrupted the show.

According to multiple reports, mere minutes into the show, a young man in the mezzanine stood up and started shouting as he made his way to the railing. While at first fellow audience members thought he was part of the play, it quickly became clear that his outburst was directed at the British actress.

Knightly, 30, ignored the yelling and remained in character, which only made him shout louder.

“Five seconds is too long to wait for a response,” he yelled, according to The Guardian.

An usher escorted the man back to his seat until security arrived. Once security arrived and he was asked to leave, the man reportedly stood and threw a bouquet of flowers on stage, landing at the feet of the actors. He was then handcuffed and led out of theater.

While the cast remained calm during the interruption, they couldn’t help but break character as Knightley’s costar, Gabriel Elbert, kicked the bouquet of flowers off the stage, causing the crowd to bust into applause.

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And luckily for the rest of audience – and in keeping with the Broadway motto – the show went on! After a short intermission, the actors seamlessly slipped back into their roles and completed the performance.

Needless to say, opening night never goes quite as planned.

Thérèse Raquin officially opens on Oct. 29.