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Downton Abbey star 'heckled' at opening night of new play

Laura Carmichael attends the press night for Uncle Vanya Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Laura Carmichael, star of ITV's Downton Abbey, has faced heckling on the opening night of her new play by Sir Peter Hall, the former director of the National Theatre, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reported that the director shouted: "Stop, stop, stop,"

"It doesn't work and you don't work. It is not good enough. I could be at home watching television."

Carmichael continued her performance as audience members wondered who had interrupted.

Nica Burns, owner of the Vaudeville Theatre, told the newspaper:

I was delighted that Peter Hall and a host of great actors – Idris Elba, Rhys Ivans and stars from Downton Abbey – attended the opening night.

I left the auditorium with Sir Peter and Lady Hall and he was applauding enthusiastically and shouting 'Bravo!' He clearly had a great evening.

Sir Peter's spokesman would not comment on what he said during the production.