Ian McKellen Bows Out Of Play Tour After On-Stage Tumble – The Boston Courier


LONDON (AP) — Actor Ian McKellen stated Monday he’s withdrawing from a U.Okay. tour of his newest play as a result of he wants extra time to get better after falling off the stage at a London theater final month.

McKellen, 85, stated his accidents “improve day by day.”

“It’s with the greatest reluctance that I have accepted the medical advice to protect my full recovery by not working in the meantime,” he stated in a press release.

The “Lord of the Rings” star spent three nights in a London hospital after tumbling from the stage throughout a efficiency of “Player Kings” on the Noel Coward Theatre on June 17.

Ian McKellen performs Hamlet in a 2021 London manufacturing. He has withdrawn from a tour of his stage play “Player Kings” after falling from stage throughout a efficiency final month.

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The play is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s two “Henry IV” historical past performs, directed by Robert Icke.

A number of performances had been canceled after the incident earlier than the run resumed with understudy Devid Semark within the function of Falstaff.

Producers stated Semark would proceed to play the half throughout a nationwide tour that runs July 3-27.

McKellen, who performed Gandalf within the “Lord of the Rings,” and Magneto within the “X-Men” movies, is one among Britain’s most acclaimed Shakespearean actors, with roles together with Richard III, Macbeth and King Lear.

He has gained a Tony Award — for “Amadeus” — a number of Olivier Awards, and has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards, 5 Emmys and a number of other BAFTA awards.

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