Actor Killed Live on Stage During Set Change in Freak Accident

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This is the moment an actor performing at Russia’s famous Bolshoi Theatre was killed by a piece of the set while the audience looked on, thinking it was part of the act.

Video shows a large backdrop being lowered on to the stage during a performance of 19th century opera Sadko on Saturday night as 37-year-old actor Yevgeny Kulesh got trapped underneath and crushed to death.

It is thought that Kulesh – who had performed at the theatre since 2002 – walked the wrong way during the set change and then could not get out of the way of the backdrop in time.

The orchestra abruptly stopped playing as actors began screaming for help, while bemused spectators thought they were witnessing part of the performance before the full horror of what was happening dawned on them.

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