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Sir Ian McKellen Rushed to Hospital After Dramatic Fall During West End Show

In a startling turn of events, Sir Ian McKellen was rushed to the hospital after taking a fall off the stage during a live performance in London. The acclaimed 85-year-old actor was participating in a fight scene in the play “Player Kings” at the Noël Coward Theatre on Monday evening when he lost his balance and plummeted from the stage.

The incident occurred as McKellen, portraying John Falstaff in the production of Henry IV, Parts One and Two, slipped and fell off the front of the stage. His cry of pain prompted the immediate illumination of the house lights and led to the evacuation of the audience from the theater. Subsequently, the remainder of the evening’s show was canceled, along with Tuesday’s performance.

Following the fall, McKellen was taken to a hospital where he underwent a scan. A spokesperson for the theater reassured fans, stating, “Sir Ian had a scan in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.” The spokesperson also highlighted the timely aid provided by doctors Rachel and Lee from the audience, as well as the swift response from the staff at the venue.

The theater expects McKellen to return to the stage by Wednesday’s performance. The incident has shone a light on the physical demands of live theater, especially for veteran actors like McKellen, who has a rich history in Shakespearean roles and is beloved globally for his iconic film roles as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films, and as Magneto in the “X-Men” series.

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