Sir Ian McKellan in hospital after theatre accident

Sir Ian McKellen was hospitalized after falling from the stage during a show in London.

The 85-year-old actor was in the middle of his performance in Player Kings in the Noël Coward Theater when he lost his footing, Page Sixcan confirm.

The popular English actor, who plays John Falstaff in the show, was filming a fight scene when he fell from the front of the stage and screamed in pain, according to the BBCwho was the first to report the news.

As crew members rushed to help, the theater lights came on and the audience was evacuated from the theater, the report said.

Although the scene was “very shocking,” one onlooker told the BBC that McKellen was “conscious” after the fall.

“I really hope he is well,” said Sandro Trapani.

Meanwhile, other viewers turned to X to Lord of the rings Stern good after witnessing the “terrible case”.

“The audience is shocked by Sir Ian McKellen’s fall from the stage tonight at the Noel Coward Theatre. Staff are working hard to help him. Our thoughts are with him, the cast and crew,” Paul Nero, an author and radio presenter, wrote on X.

Someone else responded to his tweet, saying McKellen “sounded bad.”

In a statement issued with Page SixRepresentatives for McKellen thanked the “audience and public for their well wishes” and assured fans that he was on the road to recovery.

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

They also thanked two doctors in the audience and took action.

However, the producers “made the decision to cancel the performance on June 18th so that Ian can rest.”

Player Kings — a three-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IVPart I and Part II – started its 12-week run in April 2024.

The play is currently expected to run in the West End until Saturday before touring the UK until the end of July.

This is the actor’s sixth stage role in the three years since theaters reopened after the Covid closure.

McKellen told the Just Earlier this month, he said that in his mid-80s, he looks at every role as if it could be his last.

“If you want to know you’re mortal, all you have to do is look in your address book,” he told the outlet.

“And then when a script or a hint of an offer comes along, you think, ‘This could be my last job. No, I’m not doing that,'” he said.

“So if Falstaff is my last job, I’d better do it right, right?”

This story originally appeared on Page Six and has been reproduced with permission

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