Rat interrupts Australian ballet performance

Last Updated: Jul 12 2018 16:21

ADELAIDE- A ballet performance at an Adelaide theatre was cut short when a hungry rat allegedly cut a wire and caused a power failure.

The dancers were performing the second half of Sleeping Beauty when the whole auditorium plunged into darkness. On realizing that the blackout was not a theatrical scene, management came into action and evacuated the dancers and audience.

"[Crews] found a rat that crawled inside one of our 11,000-volt pieces of equipment and had blown a fuse," a spokeswoman from South Australia Power Network said.

But the dancers did get their due and were given a standing ovation from an audience lit by the glow of mobile phones. The audience will either be given a refund or some other form of compensation.