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Ian McKellen wows audience after Lear leg injury

Posted by Theo Bosanquet on 6 Aug, 2018

The veteran actor staged an impromptu Q&A session when a performance of King Lear was cancelled

Ian McKellen as King Lear

We already knew that Sir Ian McKellen is a legend of the stage. But over the weekend he cemented that reputation in quite extraordinary style.

On his way to the Saturday matinee performance of King Lear at the West End Duke of York's Theatre, McKellen, 79, injured his leg running for a train. 

The performance was cancelled as a result, but rather than leave theatregoers disappointed McKellen took part in an impromptu Q&A session. 

He spoke for 90 minutes, telling stories about his career and performing snippets of Shakespeare from memory.

Afterwards McKellen released the following statement on his social media channels:

Ian McKellen's statement after his Q&A

Audience member Katie Simpson tweeted a photo of the event:

Once again our estimation for Sir Ian McKellen, like our FOMO at having missing his Q&A, knows no bounds!

Were you at the Saturday matinee? Please get in touch

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