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Italian News - November 20

A stunned Italian actor had to stub out the cigarette he had lit up on stage after a spectator complained, forcing the theatre to change the script of an Arthur Miller play to make it smoke-free. "This had never happened to me in more than 300 performances," the actor, Sebastiano Lo Monaco, was quoted as saying.

Lo Monaco was smoking, in line with the script, while playing the main character on Sunday in Miller's A View from the Bridge at a theatre in the northeastern city of Mestre, when a woman from the audience shouted, "Put out that cigarette!"

Italy has banned lighting up in all enclosed public places.