Sir Ian McKellen falls off stage during London performance

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Legend, Sir Ian McKellen and the cast during the encore during the press evening on April 11, 2024

  • Author, Alex Phillips
  • Role, BBC News

Sir Ian McKellen was taken to hospital after falling off stage during a performance of Player Kings at the Noël Coward theater in London.

The actor, 85, was in a fight scene when he lost his footing and fell.

A theater spokesperson later said he was in “good spirits” and hoped to make a “speedy and full recovery”.

He is expected to return to the stage next Wednesday for a matinee performance of the play.

The audience was evacuated from the theater and informed that the evening show had been canceled.

Legend, The audience gathered outside the theater after being evacuated.

Sir Ian – who plays John Falstaff – was circling a battle scene involving the Prince of Wales and Henry Percy when he fell from center stage. The actor screamed and staff rushed to help him.

He has had a scan and is expected to make a full recovery, a theater spokesperson told the PA news agency.

The play’s performance next Tuesday has been canceled “so Ian can rest”, the spokesperson added, but the actor is expected to return the following day.

The spokesperson also thanked Doctors Rachel and Lee who were “present in the audience” as well as the staff on site for their support.

Sir Ian’s previous Shakespeare credits include roles as Richard II, Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III, King Lear and Macbeth. He is also set to play the role of Hamlet, in a new film adaptation directed by Sean Mathias.

His screen credits include Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and Magneto in the X-Men films, as well as roles in Beauty and the Beast, The Da Vinci Code and Mr. Holmes.

The actor also appeared in 10 episodes of ITV soap Coronation Street as scheming romance author Mel Hutchwright.

Five years ago, Sir Ian was forced to cancel a performance of King Lear at London’s Duke of York theater after injuring his leg while running to catch a train, but he made sure that the audience has a good time sitting on stage and answering questions. .

Additional reporting by Hafsa Khalil

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