The entire stage floor was a big fake tarmac surface, like a motorway. Most of the time it was used just as a floor. During the train tunnel an freeway scenes, the entire floor raised half way up the proscenium, forming a flat elevated stage area above, and another flat area area below. This was used to great effect during the Finale of Act One, when the children were down below with The Man ('Jesus'), and the adults were above, searching for the Killer (also The Man).
I was house manager at the Prince Of Wales when 'Aspects Of Love' opened in 1989. Three months into the run, on a Saturday matinee, there was an horrendous accident on stage in front of the whole audience. With no more than seven or eight minutes till the end of the show, the wonderful actress playing Rose went to make an exit stage left in an almost complete blackout. While almost off stage her foot got caught in the moving stage tracks and the stage attemped to swallow her!!! The screams could be heard in the foyer areas of the theatre- i can still hear then today. The safety curtain was dropped and within minutes the ambulance service were on the scene. It took them nearly 30 mins to remove her foot from the machinery. She was sedated on the spot and and then spent 2 months in hospital. She fully recovered but sadly never made it back to the London production. The next time she was to perform the part of Rose' in 'Aspects' was when she joined Michael Ball to open the Broadway production 9 months after the accident. I met her in New York a few years ago when she did 'Johny Guitar' Off Broadway- she still finds it hard to talk about that Saturday matinee -19 years later!
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