The incident occurred during a performance last week (21 October), when Standing's sword accidentally flew out his hand during a fight scene and struck a female audience member.
According to several sources, the woman in question cut herself, even though no one came forward as being injured at the time.
Henry said last night: “There was an incident last week involving a sword accidentally hitting an audience member. It's been a bit crap how it's been reported in the press, so I just want to say well done to Richard (Standing) for coming back and carrying on – I probably would've been hiding in my car or something.”
Standing, who plays Cassio, then received a round of applause, before Henry praised the other cast members and announced a collection would be taken for Acting for Others, a charity that benefits struggling actors and backstage staff.