Sir Ian McKellen expected to 'make full recovery' after falling off stage

Sir Ian McKellen is expected to "make a speedy and full recovery".

The 85-year-old actor was hospitalised after falling off stage during a performance of 'Player Kings' at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on Monday (17.06.24), with the audience evacuated from the venue and the show cancelled.

A spokesperson for the production has told Metro.co.uk: "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.

"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.

Meanwhile, anyone who had tickets for tonight's show will be contacted about the next steps, with the performance cancelled to give the stage and screen icon time to recovery.

The statement 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."

McKellen - who plays John Falstaff in the production - was amid a fight scene when the incident occurred.

The veteran actor cried out in pain after he fell off stage and theatre staff rushed to help him.

One audience member told the BBC that the incident was "very shocking".

Sandro Trapani added: "I really hope that he is going to be alright. As far as I saw, he was conscious because he was asking for assistance."

'Player Kings' began its 12-week West End run in April, and McKellen previously admitted that he was relishing the opportunity.

He told the BBC earlier this year: "Actors who have taken on the role say it is verbally very challenging - it seems that the role was written for a particular actor and comedian in Shakespeare's time, so it's a bit like being given a script for Michael McIntyre."