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Ian McKellen to make ‘speedy and full recovery’ after fall during theater performance

<i>Dave Benett/Getty Images via CNN Newsource</i><br/>Sir Ian McKellen
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Sir Ian McKellen

By Alli Rosenbloom, CNN

(CNN) — Actor Ian McKellen is on the path to recovery after falling during a performance at a theater in London, according to a statement from the producers of play in which he is starring.

The producers of “Player Kings,” a new version of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” that was adapted by writer and director Robert Icke, thanked the audience and public “for their well wishes” following McKellen’s fall on Monday night.

“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,” the statement read. “The production has made the decision to cancel the performance on (Tuesday, June 18) so Ian can rest.”

The producers also thanked two doctors “who were on hand in the audience” for “their support.”

In a statement on Tuesday, McKellan expressed his gratitude for the “kind messages and support” that he’s received.

“Since the accident, during a performance of ‘Player Kings’ last night, my injuries have been diagnosed and treated by a series of experts, specialists and nurses working for the National Health Service,” McKellan said in a statement provided to CNN by the actor’s representative. “To them, of course, I am hugely indebted.”

He added: “They have assured me that my recovery will be complete and speedy and I am looking forward to returning to work.”

McKellen is in the midst of a 12-week run of the three-hour show, playing at the Noël Coward Theatre. He stars alongside Richard Coyle and “Ted Lasso” actor Toheeb Jimoh.

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