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Sir Ian McKellen taken to hospital after falling off stage in West End performance

Sir Ian McKellen has been taken to hospital after falling off stage during a performance in the West End.

The actor, 85, was appearing at the Noel Coward theatre in Player Kings, an adaptation of Shakespeareā€™s Henry IV, in the role of John Falstaff.

According to the BBC, Sir Ian was taking part in a fight scene when he lost his footing and fell. The actor was heard to cry out in pain as staff rushed to help.

The audience was evacuated from the theatre and told the performance had been cancelled.

Player Kings, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, is due to move to the Bristol Hippodrome in July and will also be staged in Birmingham, Norwich and Newcastle.

The London Ambulance Service has been approached for comment.

This story is being updated.

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