She was accidentally struck by a radio during a fight scene in Sydney

By Michael Y. Park
Updated September 02, 2009 12:30 PM
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Cate Blanchett was struck with a prop during a fight scene in a preview performance of A Streetcar Named Desire in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday night, and suffered a head injury.

The 40-year-old actress, who plays deluded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, was left bleeding from the head and on all fours after an actor playing Stanley Kowalski accidentally struck her in the head with a ’60s-style radio. Blanchett went on with the show, but had to stop when she realized she was injured.

Audience members said Blanchett continued to act in the scene, but she had blood on her head and on her neck, Agence France-Presse reports. The theater’s house lights were turned on and the audience was asked to leave the building.

The incident forced organizers to cancel the show at the Sydney Theatre, but a spokesman for the theater later said “Cate’s just fine.” Tonight’s show is expected to go on as planned.

The production, with Blanchett in the same role, is scheduled to come to Washington, D.C., in October, and Brooklyn, N.Y., in November.