Sir Ian McKellen takes a walk wearing wrist brace in first outing after horror stage fall

Sir Ian McKellen has been seen out and about in London following his dramatic fall from the stage (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir Ian McKellen has been seen out and about for the first time after his dramatic fall from the stage.

The iconic 85-year-old actor was seen greeting a friend in front of his East London home.

He was wearing a wrist brace but otherwise appeared healthy following the tumble, sporting a jaunty cap and white trousers.

Sir Ian was forced to pull out of his performance of Player Kings after he went flying from the West End stage on June 18 during a fight scene, landing on an audience member who also required medical treatment.

He was taken to hospital and was ultimately unable to return for the rest of the run but has assured fans that he is well and recovering.

Sir Ian told ‘After three nights in hospital, the effects of my fall onstage have been fully analysed and I’m now having physiotherapy, light exercise and a lot of essential rest at home.

The actor was seen dressed casually in a blue shirt and white trousers (Picture: /

Besides a wrist brace, Sir Ian appeared in good health (Picture:

‘Meanwhile, my part in Player Kings is filled by the redoubtable David Semark, supported by Robert Icke’s amazing production and cast. The many messages of love and support will, I am sure, aid the speedy recovery that my doctors have promised me.’

While Sir Ian still plans to join the rest of the cast as they embark on their national tour next month, for the remainder of Player Kings run on the West End Sir Ian’s understudy David Semark stepped in.

An additional statement from the production said: ‘David Semark will be playing the role of Sir John Falstaff for the final three scheduled performances of Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre in London while Sir Ian McKellen recuperates following his fall on Monday 18 June.

‘We look forward to Ian returning to the production, which begins a national tour in Bristol on Wednesday July 3, before visiting BirminghamNorwich and Newcastle.’

Sir Ian plays John Falstaff in the production (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir Ian previously said he was ‘looking forward to returning to work’ and is ‘hugely indebted’ to NHS staff who treated him after the incident.

The X Men star wrote on X: ‘I want to thank everyone for their kind messages and support.

‘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.

‘To them, of course, I am hugely indebted. They have assured me that my recovery will be complete and speedy and I am looking forward to returning to work.’

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