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X-Men star Ian McKellen is in 'good spirits' and expected to recover from fall off stage in London

Hollywood actor Ian McKellen best known for films including Hobbit, X-Men is recovering from the fall off stage in London. Scroll down to know more details.

Written By: Snigdha Behera @ New Delhi Published on: June 18, 2024 11:49 IST
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Veteran Hollywood actor Ian McKellen is expected to make a full recovery after he toppled off a London stage Monday during a fight scene and was hospitalised, a spokesperson said. According to a report in PTI, McKellen, 85, was in “good spirits” after doctors said a scan showed he was expected to fully recover from the fall, a spokesperson for the Noel Coward Theatre said.

The stage and screen veteran known for playing Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” films and many stage roles over a six-decade career cried out in pain after the fall. McKellen was playing John Falstaff in “Player Kings”, a production of Henry IV, parts one and two, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Ian McKellen reportedly lost his footing and fell off the stage in a scene with the Prince of Wales and Henry Percy. The tumble startled theatregoers. “Sir Ian seemed to trip as he moved downstage to take a more active part in the scene,” audience member Paul Critchley told the PA news agency, saying it was a shock. “He picked up momentum as he moved downstage which resulted in him falling off the stage directly in front of the audience. Staff and two doctors in the audience helped the ailing actor, the spokesperson said.

The theatre was evacuated and the play was cancelled. The production for Tuesday was also cancelled to give McKellen time to rest. McKellen's career includes playing Magneto in the X-Men films and several Shakespearean characters including Richard II, Macbeth and King Lear. 

Ian McKellen's notable works include The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men, Mr. Holmes, The Good Liar, Beauty and the Beast, The Da Vinco Code, Cats, Apt Pupil, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Flushed Away among others. He has won a Tony Award for “Amadeus”, and several Laurence Olivier Awards and has been nominated for two Oscars and several BAFTA awards.

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