Colin Friels collapses on Sydney stage

As reported by The Australian today, actor Colin Friels is in hospital following a collapse during Belvoir’s Death of a Salesman last night.

Colin Friels. Image by Michael Coridore
Colin Friels in Death of a Salesman at Belvoir. Image by Michael Coridore

Friels, who has been suffering from the flu and is in long-term remission from pancreatic cancer, collapsed during the second act of the play after making the decision to perform despite feeling unwell.

It is understood he was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and has been undergoing tests.

Performances of Death of a Salesman have been cancelled tonight, as well as tomorrow’s matinee and evening shows.

A spokesperson for Belvoir told The Australian that it was hoped Friels would be able to play Salesman’s final show on Sunday afternoon ahead of its transfer to the Theatre Royal in October.

Ticket holders for the cancelled shows can exchange them for seats at the Theatre Royal during its upcoming run.


Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney. She studied communication and media at the University of Newcastle, where she began honing her professional writing and critical analysis skills, as well as publishing creative works in several journals and magazines. She has previously reviewed music and theatre for numerous online hubs including LiveGuide, BroadwayWorld Australia, and Time Out Sydney. Cassie can usually be found in a theatre foyer somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.

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