Sir Ian McKellen, 85, hospitalized after scary fall during theater show in London

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By Nasima Khatun

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Sir Ian McKellen has been hospitalized after a scary fall during a recent theater show in London's West End.

The 85-year-old actor was in a fight scene during a performance of Player Kings at Noël Coward theatre when he slipped and fell from the stage.

According to The Independent, the star cried out in pain as staff rushed to his side to help him.

As a result, the show was canceled immediately and the audience was asked to leave the venue so that medical professionals could tend to McKellen.

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However, the outlet reported that the veteran performer is still expected to appear in Wednesday’s matinee after the Tuesday performance was called off.

Speaking of the incident, eyewitness Charlie Johnson described what they saw in more detail during Tuesday's episode of Good Morning Britain.

"As we approached the interval of the play, there was a fight scene going on and there were strobe lights and then it all went dark, at which point you could see the silhouette of Sir Ian come out the wings and the way the stage works at the Noel Coward, there's a step-down and where the stage meets the audience," Johnson said.

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"I think what happened is he took his foot too far off that initial step and lost his balance and went headfirst into the audience. Within seconds, a blood curling stream arose from the actor and he was clearly in a lot of pain and screaming 'help me,'" he told the hosts.

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In a statement to The Independent, a representative of Player Kings gave fans an update on McKellen's condition as well as thanked them for their support during this turbulent time.

"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," they said in the statement.

“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," they continued. "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 tomorrow.

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

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Player Kings, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, is due to move to the Bristol Hippodrome in July and will also be staged in Birmingham, Norwich, and Newcastle.

We hope to see Sir Ian McKellen back on his feet doing what he loves very soon!

Featured Image Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Wolseley Hospitality Group

Sir Ian McKellen, 85, hospitalized after scary fall during theater show in London

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By Nasima Khatun

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Sir Ian McKellen has been hospitalized after a scary fall during a recent theater show in London's West End.

The 85-year-old actor was in a fight scene during a performance of Player Kings at Noël Coward theatre when he slipped and fell from the stage.

According to The Independent, the star cried out in pain as staff rushed to his side to help him.

As a result, the show was canceled immediately and the audience was asked to leave the venue so that medical professionals could tend to McKellen.

GettyImages-1188275198.jpgCredit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage/Getty

However, the outlet reported that the veteran performer is still expected to appear in Wednesday’s matinee after the Tuesday performance was called off.

Speaking of the incident, eyewitness Charlie Johnson described what they saw in more detail during Tuesday's episode of Good Morning Britain.

"As we approached the interval of the play, there was a fight scene going on and there were strobe lights and then it all went dark, at which point you could see the silhouette of Sir Ian come out the wings and the way the stage works at the Noel Coward, there's a step-down and where the stage meets the audience," Johnson said.

GettyImages-1328920058.jpgCredit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

"I think what happened is he took his foot too far off that initial step and lost his balance and went headfirst into the audience. Within seconds, a blood curling stream arose from the actor and he was clearly in a lot of pain and screaming 'help me,'" he told the hosts.

GettyImages-1240752307.jpgCredit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty

In a statement to The Independent, a representative of Player Kings gave fans an update on McKellen's condition as well as thanked them for their support during this turbulent time.

"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," they said in the statement.

“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," they continued. "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 tomorrow.

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

GettyImages-2148328108.jpgCredit: Hoda Davaine/Dave Benett/Getty

Player Kings, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, is due to move to the Bristol Hippodrome in July and will also be staged in Birmingham, Norwich, and Newcastle.

We hope to see Sir Ian McKellen back on his feet doing what he loves very soon!

Featured Image Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Wolseley Hospitality Group