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Sir Ian McKellen has issued a statement after being hospitalised during a live performance

"I am looking forward to returning to work."

Sir Ian McKellen was taken to hospital on Monday, after suffering a nasty fall while performing in London’s West End.

The 85-year-old has released an update on his condition. In a statement to Variety, he thanked everyone for their “kind messages and support” after the incident.

“My injuries have been diagnosed and treated by a series of experts, specialists and nurses working for the National Health Service. To them, of course, I am hugely indebted. They have assured me that my recovery will be complete and speedy and I am looking forward to returning to work.”

ian mckellen, pictured here during a performance of player kings, has been taken to hospital after falling off stage.

Ian is currently starring in Player Kings as John Falstaff at the Noël Coward theatre. During the latest performance, he fell off the stage while acting out a fight scene.

Audience members were understandably startled and the theatre was swiftly evacuated while medics attended to Ian.

A spokesperson for the Noël Coward theatre released a statement shortly after, revealing Ian was “in good spirits” though and is expected to make “a speedy and full recovery”.

Paul Nero, an audience member, quickly took to X (formerly Twitter) after the incident and wrote, “Audience shocked by Sir Ian McKellen’s fall off stage tonight at Noël Coward theatre. Staff working hard to help him. Thoughts with him, cast and crew.”

Despite being hospitalised, Ian McKellen is expected to make “a speedy and full recovery”.

While another audience member, Paul Critchley, told the Associated Press:

“Sir Ian seemed to trip as he moved downstage to take a more active part in the scene.

“He picked up momentum as he moved downstage which resulted in him falling off the stage directly in front of the audience.

“The house lights came up very quickly as the stage management and front of house team dealt with the incident. We were evacuated immediately so that Sir Ian could be treated in privacy.

“An announcement was made by theatre management that the show had been cancelled, that Sir Ian was receiving treatment and an ambulance had been called.

“It was a shock to witness his fall and I wish him a speedy recovery. My thoughts are also with his fellow cast members, stage crew and front of house team at the Noël Coward theatre.”

Player Kings is a production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts I and II, and started its 12-week West End run in April.

Known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings franchise and Magneto in the X-Men films, Ian has won numerous prestigious acting awards, including a Tony Award for Amadeus and a Golden Globe for Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.

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