Ex Emmerdale star John McArdle, pictured as Ronnie in the soap, is 'okay', according to representative

Former Brookside and Emmerdale star John McArdle is taking “a couple of days’ rest” after he collapsed on stage.

A representative for the actor, in his late sixties, said his fall during a performance of Things I Know To Be True at York Theatre Royal on Wednesday night was due to “exhaustion”.

John said he was feeling unwell within minutes of the show’s opening, before falling to the floor, audience members said. The performance was then cancelled.

A representative for the actor told the Press Association: “He is okay. It was probably exhaustion and so he is taking a couple of days’ rest.”

Asked if he would be returning to his role as Bob Price in the Frantic Assembly production of the Andrew Bovell play, she continued: “It will depend on how he is feeling over the next 48 hours.

“It is quite a demanding show but he is very fit. Ideally he will carry on with the rest of the show, but his health is the most important thing.”

The theatre tweeted on Thursday that it had cancelled the day’s matinee performance of the show.

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