‘Sweeney Todd’ actors get throats cut on-stage during opening night in New Zealand

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Pakuranga, New Zealand - Talk about a close-shave!

A college production of "Sweeney Todd" ended up with a real cutthroat performance.

Just like a line from the famous macabre musical-- "I can guarantee the closest shave you will ever know."

Yeah, that's exactly what happened on opening night when two actors had their throats cut for real by a stage prop razor.

"Halfway through the second act there was an incident where two boys were injured," St. Kentigern Head of College Steve Cole revealed.

They say actors can be real back-stabbers, but in this case the star was a cut above the rest.

The two boys injured were rushed to the hospital, with one in serious condition.

Police are still investigating the incident.

"I'm very confident that our health and safety procedures are strong and robust," Cole insisted.

The stage prop used by the actors was supposed to be a safe hand prop. "But it's been filed down and bound with various things," Cole said. "It would be normal to use such a prop in a Sweeny Todd production."

Apparently the actors were real troopers because the audience said through social media that they never noticed anything wrong during the performance.

Officials haven't decided yet if the show will go on, but if it does... it will be one cutting-edge production!





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