6 July 2010, 15:19
A Brighton actor has died in the wings during a performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' in Cornwall.
Robert Atkins was playing Montague in Brighton Little Theatre's production at the Minack Theatre when he collapsed in the dressing room.
The performance was stopped after the first half, and appeals for a doctor were made.
He was then taken by a helicopter from nearby Navy airbase RNAS Culdrose to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, but died on the way.
Mr. Atkins, who was in his 70's, had worked with the Brighton Little Theatre for several years. His wife, who was also at the Minack last night, was responsible for the costumes for the play.
Fellow members have been paying tribute to the actor on the company's facebook page.
It has been confirmed that the company will continue with the rest of the week's run. Harry Atkinson, the director, will play the part of Montague.