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Last Updated: Friday, 1 April, 2005, 06:04 GMT 07:04 UK
Actor awarded 7,500 for injuries
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Mr Collinson's solicitor said the case highlighted "dangers"
An actor who complained of being injured while starring in an Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre production has been awarded compensation.

Dean Collinson, 36, said he suffered a hernia and back, rib and hip injuries while performing in Whistle Down the Wind at London's Aldwych Theatre.

Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group had denied liability but was ordered to pay 7,500 at Central London County Court.

A spokeswoman for the Really Useful Group declined to comment.

Mr Collinson, of north-west London, had played the part of Amos - a young male lead - in the musical for a year.

'Dramatic shows'

He said after the hearing he had missed more than 100 shows because of injuries received during the production.

He said he had had to pick up a motorbike with a pillion passenger still on the back to avoid them being crushed by a 12-tonne stage set.

He had also "had to push the female lead out of the way of a train that was being pushed towards the audience, giving myself a hernia".

In another show, "I fell from a ladder that had had oil used on it to stop it squeaking".

Mr Collinson's solicitor, Jonathan Wheeler, said: "Dean Collinson's case highlights the dangerous working conditions that some of our country's artists have to perform under.

"Stage shows are becoming more and more dramatic as theatre producers try to use increasingly complex machinery to wow the audience."

Details of the compensation award, made in January, were revealed on Thursday.




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