Ian McKellen Will Make ‘Full Recovery’ After Falling Off Stage During Performance in West End

UPDATE (06/18/2024):

Sir Ian McKellen will make a “speedy and full recovery” after he fell off the stage during a performance of Player Kings in London’s Noël Coward theater on June 17. A statement was posted on the play’s X (formerly Twitter) account on June 18.

“Thank you to our audience and the general public for their well wishes following Ian’s fall during yesterday 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,” the statement reads.

“The production has made the decision to cancel the performance on Tuesday 18 June so Ian can rest. Those affected will be contacted by their point of purchase as soon as possible today,” it continues. “Thank you to doctors Rachel and Lee who were on hand in the audience and to all the venue staff for their support.”

Original story (06/17/2024):

Sir Ian McKellen has been hospitalized after falling off of a stage during a performance of the play Player Kings in London’s Noël Coward theater. It’s not yet known if the Lord of the Rings actor sustained injuries from the accident.

McKellen, 85, was performing a fight scene when he lost balance and fell off the stage, according to BBC. McKellen plays John Falstaff in the play, which is made up of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts One and Two. McKellen was reportedly circling the fight scene involving two other players when he fell off the stage. The house lights came up and McKellen reportedly called out for help. The evening performance was canceled and the audience was evacuated from the theater.

An audience member told BBC that, “As far as I saw, he was conscious because he was asking for assistance.” They said the moment was “very shocking.”

Player Kings opened in April in the West End and is set for a 12-week run. In addition to McKellen, the cast includes Ted Lasso‘s Toheeb Jimoh and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s Richard Coyle, seen above with McKellen on stage during an early performance.

McKellen has many Shakespeare plays on his resume, one of the more recent credits being a production of King Lear in 2018. A performance once had to be canceled after McKellen injured his leg during a fall as he tried to catch a train. He participated in an audience Q&A instead of performing the show that day for the sake of the audience.

McKellen is best known for playing Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as playing Magneto in the X-Men franchise and his prolific stage career. He’s a two-time Oscar nominee, having received his first nomination for Best Actor in 1999’s Gods and Monsters and his second for Best Supporting Actor in 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s a five-time Emmy nominee.

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