Two performers were attacked on their course to a theatre performance in what was described as a “cowardly homophobic hate crime”.
Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala were appearing in Rotterdam, which tells the story of a young gay woman, at Southampton’s NST Campus.
The theatre company said they were left “hugely shaken” after an objective was hurled at them on Saturday afternoon.
Hampshire police said it had received a report of homophobic abuse.
Two recitals of the Olivier Award-winning play by Jon Brittain were cancelled as a result.
The London-based couple said they were walking to the theatre for the matinee execution on Saturday when Ms Parkinson was hit by an object – maybe “stones”, according to police – apparently thrown from a deliver car.
Ms Parkinson said as she kissed her spouse, fellow performer Ms Banatvala, she was struck and thumped to the ground, leaving her with insignificant harms.
She said they heard “young sons laughing” as the car drove off.
Ms Parkinson said: “We’re only two people looking for happiness like everybody else.
‘Shocked and angry’
“I don’t certainly understand why we’re met with aggression from strangers.”
Ms Banatvala said she was left “really appalled, upset and angry”.
“It’s represented realise the importance given to this movement and floors like it, ” she said. “It needs to be seen as something that is normal and regular and isn’t something to be dreaded or attacked.”
A statement from the show’s production company, Hartshorn-Hook, said the pair were left “hugely shaken from this cowardly, homophobic hate crime”.
Announcing the cancellation of Saturday’s two executions, it added: “We are devastated that this kind of behaviour is still so prevailing, a happening which reinforces the importance given to this play’s message.
“We are doing all we can to support the team and thank our publics and peers for their support.”
NST director Sam Hodges tweeted: “I am extremely sad that this sort of appalling behaviour is still happening anywhere, let alone in a city where we have worked so hard to promote a culture of long-suffering, inclusivity and civic pride.”
After initially soliciting that the police did not take any further action, the couple have since made a report.
A Hampshire police spokeswoman said the matter is under investigation and been calling for observers.
“We have received a report from a third party relating to an incident which happened on Hill Lane, Southampton.
“It has was expressed that homophobic defamation was wailed at two women, and stones thrown at them, by a the inhabitants of a happen gondola, ” she said.
The incident comes a few cases daytimes after it was revealed that two women were left covered in blood following a homophobic attack on a darknes bus in London.