Veteran actor John Lithgow was left struggling to remember his lines after rain halted an outdoor performance of King Lear in New York City this week (beg21Jul14).

The Shrek star is currently appearing in a production of William Shakespeare's tragedy in Central Park, but the play was hit by bad weather in its opening week (beg21Jul14).

One show had to be halted for 45 minutes due to a heavy downpour, and Lithgow, who plays the title role, was left struggling to find his place in the script when the action resumed.

An audience member tells the New York Daily News, "(He said) 'I'm lost'... After some murmuring among the cast, they went back to the beginning of the scene they had been in so he could pick up the thread... The audience was with him the whole way."