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King Lear felled by running for train but McKellen goes on regardless

By: stagedoorscribbler - August 6, 2018

Sir Ian McKellen

What a trouper! Acting veteran Sir Ian McKellen didn’t let an injured leg stop theatregoers from seeing him at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Saturday. 

The 79-year-old had to pull out of the matinee performance of King Lear after falling while running for a train on his way to the theatre. The show was cancelled but McKellen anxious not to disappoint too much refused to let the audience go home without  at least seeing him.

Taking his place on stage in a chair and with a walking stick by his side, he  treated them to an impromptu Afternoon with Ian McKellen.

Talking about his long and illustrious career and taking questions from the auditorium. According to those present he seemed in his element and acted several Shakespeare scenes “off the top of his head”. Speaking for over an hour, he claimed that he had originally become an actor because the only thing he was good at was showing off. following the Q&A he invited his  castmates to join him for a curtain call. 

What’s more he was back on stage to perform in the evening show later that day.

One can only conclude that acting must be good for you. Not many 79-year-olds would even attempt to run for a train.