ACTOR Taron Egerton collapsed on stage in front of a packed crowd on the opening night of his new theater show.
The star – famous for playing Elton John in Rocketman – was forced off the stage at the Ambassadors Theater in Leicester Square last night after fainting.
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His understudy Joel Harper-Jackson stepped in to replace him in the latter part of the play.
Reassuring fans that he has recovered, Taron, 32, insisted: “I’m fine. A little sore neck and a bruised ego, but I’m fine.”
He announced that he would return to the stage on Monday evening.
“As some of you may have heard, I passed out during the first performance of ROOSTER last night,” Taron wrote on Instagram.
“I decided to put a positive spin on this and would appreciate it if someone who was in the theater last night said I gave such an engaged and electrifying performance that my body couldn’t handle it and check it out. .
“That being said, apparently you’re supposed to do the full show and not just three quarters. So I’ll be back with a vengeance tomorrow night.
“Thank you to the amazing theater team and my wonderful cast mates for being so lovely.
“But I especially wanted to say thank you to Joel Harper Jackson who stepped in to do the last part of the piece.
“Joel is an amazing actor and a lovely person. Thank you, Joel. T x.”
A statement from the play’s production last night said: “At tonight’s premiere preview of Mike Bartlett’s play Rooster at the Ambassadors TheaterTaron Egerton passed out near the end of the performance.
“A doctor who was in the audience attended to Taron immediately after the incident and, while he was feeling fine, it was decided that Taron’s stunt double, Joel Harper-Jackson, would continue in the role to finish. the performance.”