Coronation Street star Charles Lawson – aka Jim McDonald – falls ill on stage

Coronation Street‘s Charles Lawson, who stars as Jim McDonald, was taken ill on stage during the opening night of his new play, Long Shadows.

The actor is playing Inspector Rebus at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. According to The Scotsman, Lawson appeared to forget his lines near the start of the second half of the play, before announcing that he was feeling faint. Lawson’s co-stars helped him from the stage.

The audience were asked to stay in their seats, and it was confirmed that Lawson’s understudy, Neil McKinven, would be stepping in.

Digital Spy has reached out to Lawson’s reps for comment.

Lawson previously revealed that Jim McDonald’s return plot was “completely rewritten”, and said that his return to Corrie could have been longer had it not been for his theatre commitment.

Corrie kicked off two new autumn plots last month with the big reveal that Jim McDonald is scamming Liz into thinking that their daughter Katie, who died in 1992 after being born prematurely, is actually still alive.

He explained: “The scheduling didn’t work too well. Corrie asked me back for a year but I had accepted Rebus by that point.”

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