Sir Ian McKellen breaks his silence over ‘shock’ stage fall and hospitalisation

Jun 19, 2024
Following McKellen's welcomed update, fans and colleagues rushed to celebrate the actor's "wonderful news". Source: Getty Images.

Sir Ian McKellen is “looking forward to returning to work” following a stage fall in a London theatre that landed him in the hospital.

Following the incident concern grew among the legendary actor’s fans for his well-being. In an effort to alleviate concerns, McKellen took to social media to provide an update on his condition.

“I want to thank everyone for their kind messages and support,” McKellen wrote.

“Since the accident, during a performance of Player Kings last night, my injuries have been diagnosed and treated by a series of experts, specialists and nurses working for the National Health Service.

“To them, of course, I am hugely indebted. They have assured me that my recovery will be complete and speedy and I am looking forward to returning to work.”

Following McKellen’s welcomed update, fans and colleagues rushed to his post to celebrate the “wonderful news”.

The incident occurred at the Noel Coward Theatre during a fight scene in the production of Player Kings, where the renowned actor lost his footing.

Following the fall, a spokesperson for the London theatre assured fans that McKellen “will make a speedy and full recovery” in a statement to the PA news agency

“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,” the spokesperson said.

“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.

“The production has made the decision to cancel the performance on Tuesday June 18 so Ian can rest. Those affected will be contacted by their point of purchase as soon as possible tomorrow.”

Following the incident, attendees were informed that the remainder of the evening’s performance had been cancelled, and they were guided to evacuate the venue.

Reports indicate the actor cried out in pain as theatre staff quickly came to his aid. Audience member Paul Critchley described the fall as a “shock” to witness.

-with BANG.


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