Sir Ian McKellan cancels final three Player Kings performances after fall

Sir Ian McKellan
Sir Ian McKellan - Rii Schroer

Sir Ian McKellen will not return to his West End run in Player Kings as he continues to recuperate after a fall.

The 85-year-old actor fell from the stage during a performance on Monday and was treated in hospital. He reportedly suffered a fractured wrist and other injuries.

On Tuesday, Sir Ian said he was looking forward to returning to work, raising hopes that he would return to the production at the Noel Coward Theatre.

However, in a new statement he said: “Thank you for the continued support and well wishes and I am pleased to say I am recovering well, but will not be able to play the remaining shows this week.”

The play has three performances left to run and Sir Ian’s role as Sir John Falstaff will be taken by his understudy, David Semark.

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