Taron Egerton Collapses On Stage During First Night Of New Play, Understudy Finishes Show

UPDATED: Rocketman and Kingsman star Taron Egerton was unable to finish his Saturday night performance of the new play, Cock, collapsing in the middle of its first show at the Ambassadors Theatre in London..

The scary moment brought down the curtain and halted the play. A doctor in the audience quickly tended to Egerton, who is 32-years-old.

After a brief delay, director Marianne Elliott came on stage to assure the crowd that Egerton was doing “absolutely fine” backstage. However, he was unable to continue, and understudy Joel Harper-Jackson stepped in for the final section of the play.

Cock also stars Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels and Jade Anouka, best known for her role in the BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials. Written by Mike Bartlett, the play is about a man who begins to question his sexuality after falling in love with a woman he meets on his commute. The man previously identified as gay.

Previews for the new revival of Cock will continue on Monday night.

Egerton on Sunday morning posted an update on his Instagram Story.

“As some of you may have heard, I passed out during the first performance of COCK last night,” he wrote. “I am completely fine. Slightly sore neck and a bruised ego but I’m fine.”

Thanking Harper-Jackson for stepping in, Egerton assured fans that “I’ll be back with a vengeance tomorrow night.” The play is scheduled for a 12-week run.

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