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Taron Egerton has a 'sore neck and a bruised ego' after passing out on stage during Cock

The actor's humour remained intact, with him joking, "apparently you're meant to actually do the full show and not just three quarters of it."

2022-03-07

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki

Taron Egerton has put out a statement online following his collapse during the first preview of the West End revival of Cock

The 32-yer-old Welsh actor was acting opposite Jonathan Bailey on Saturday 5 March when he collapsed on stage. Thankfully a doctor was in the audience and after 40 minutes the play's director, Marianne Elliot, announced that Taron was "absolutely fine" but that his understudy Joel Harper-Jackson would step in to complete the remaining 15 minutes.

Making light of the situation in his statement, Taron said on Sunday (6 March) that he was "completely fine" and was suffering from a "slightly sore neck and a bruised ego". 

"Apparently you're meant to actually do the full show"

Continuing, the Rocketman actor said he's putting a "positive spin on it" and that he "would appreciate it if anyone who was in the theatre last night [Saturday] just said that I gave such a committed, electrifying performance that my body couldn't handle it and checked out."

Egerton went on: "That being said, apparently you're meant to actually do the full show and not just three quarters of it. So I'll be back with a vengeance tomorrow night. Thank you to the amazing team at the theatre and my wonderful castmates for being so lovely.

 
 
 
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"But mainly I wanted to say thanks to Joel Harper Jackson who stepped in to do the last bit of the play. Joel is an amazing actor and a lovely person. Thank you Joel. Tx"

Fans were keen to check in on Taron after the incident with one person commenting on the play's official Instagram page that they were "deeply worried" about him and congratulating his understudy.

Cock sees Egerton and Bailey star a couple whose relationship comes under strain when one of them begins a relationship with a woman (Jade Anouka).

The play is next set to be performed on today (Monday 7 March) - with tickets available here.

Cock marks Egerton's first theatre role for nine years, while Bridgerton star Bailey is returning to the West End stage for the first time since his Olivier Award-winning turn in the 2018 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Written by Mike Bartlett, Cock was first staged in 2009 with Fleabag's Andrew Scott and This Is Going To Hurt's Ben Whishaw in the lead roles.

An official synopsis of the play reads: "In a world full of endless possibilities why must we still limit ourselves with labels?

Attitude's new-look March/April issue is out now.