Horne returns to the stage

Comic back four days after collapse

Mathew Horne returned to the West End stage last night, four days after he collapsed during a performance.

The Gavin & Stacey star was diagnosed with a virus after falling ill during Thursday’s matinee performeance of Entertaining Mr Sloane.

His co-star Imelda Staunton, who also cancelled her appearances after coming down with the same bug, also returned last night. They had both been replaced by understudies.

The Joe Orton play is due to close on Saturday.

Horne said: ‘I am delighted to say I am feeling much better and will return to the show for the final week.

‘I feel terrible for letting audience members down last week when I was ill and I am so grateful for the wonderful letters of well wishes from everyone.’

The 30-year-old was treated on stage by an ambulance crew after he collapsed during Thursday's matinee performance. He was taken to hospital for tests and quickly discharged.

As well as eight performances of the play a week, Horne has been busy promoting his sketch show with James Corden as well as their first movie, Lesbian Vampire Killers, while regularly DJing at London’s Club XFM.

Published: 7 Apr 2009

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