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Sir Ian McKellen falls off stage in West End, ‘speedy recovery’ expected

The audience at the Noël Coward theatre was evacuated and McKellen taken to hospital after the fall during yesterday's (June 17) performance.

By Will Richards

Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen (Picture: Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Sir Ian McKellen is expected to make “a speedy and full recovery” after falling off stage during a West End performance yesterday (June 17).

McKellen was appearing at the Noël Coward theatre in London in a production of Shakespearean show Player Kings when he fell off the stage.

The audience was evacuated from the theatre and McKellen taken to hospital, with the evening’s show cancelled.

As the BBC report, the actor cried out in pain as staff came to help him. “Ian is in good spirits,” a statement from a spokesperson said, with McKellen expected to return to the stage for a matinee performance tomorrow (June 19).

In a statement to Rolling Stone, a rep for McKellen said: “Thank you to our audience and the general public for their well wishes following Ian’s fall during this evening’s performance of Player Kings.

“Following a scan, the brilliant NHS team have assured us that he will make a speedy and full recovery and Ian is in good spirits.”

“Thank you to doctors Rachel and Lee who were on hand in the audience and to all the venue staff for their support,” the statement added.

“I really hope that he is going to be alright,” one attendee at Monday’s show told the BBC. “As far as I saw, he was conscious because he was asking for assistance.”