Maureen Lipman faints during West End performance of play The Best Man

Maureen Lipman has fainted minutes into a West End performance of her play The Best Man.

The actress was performing in the political drama at the Playhouse Theatre when she took ill around the start of the play, according to the Evening Standard.

She apparently said “I’m not feeling well” before collapsing, and after a further 10 minutes the play restarted with another actress playing her character.

Digital Spy has reached out to Lipman’s representatives for comment.

[Maureen Lipman stars alongside Martin Shaw in The Best Man]

According to reports, after the incident the actress went home for the rest of the evening and seemed to be “doing fine”.

The Best Man centres on a race for the White House between a populist and an intellectual, and was written by Gore Vidal in 1960. Lipman plays a Democratic Party grandee called Mrs Gamadge.

There is only one more performance left of the show, taking place this evening (May 26), and it is unclear whether Lipman is returning for it.

The actress is a renowned star of both stage and screen, appearing in the likes of Doctor Who, Plebs, Skins and The Pianist.

A few years ago, Lipman also appeared in a one-off special revival of The Crystal Maze as mystical fortune teller Mumsey, before the show was given a full series reboot with Richard Ayoade.

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