John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow
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Fan-favorite John Barrowman had to cancel at least two shows of his current ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ tour after suffering a neck injury and being rushed to the hospital.

As he announced via Instagram:


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I’m devastated to have to tell you that due to a severe neck injury, which has made it impossible for me to sing & move, I’ve been rushed to hospital for a diagnosis. The Doctors have advised me to not perform this weekend while I try and recover, so I’ve had to make the very difficult decision to cancel my performances at the Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 30th November and at the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, on Sunday 1st December. I am so disappointed and upset as I was looking forward to seeing you all, I feel I am letting everyone down, but it’s simply not possible for me to do the show in my current condition. We have thankfully managed to open the Oxford New Theatre concert (Sat 14th December) for Bristol audience members to transfer to, and we have managed to move the Glasgow date to Tues 3rd December so I really hope you will be able to still see me have A Fabulous Christmas. All my love, John x

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As he stated, he was forced to cancel his concerts at the Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 30th November and at the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, on Sunday 1st December, although he rescheduled those shows.

He updated fans later when he was headed back to the hospital for an MRI.

Finally, he stated that the root of the issue had been found– a “C5/6 facet joint injury.”  He stated that he had been given injections to reduce inflammation and pain, and expressed hope that his tour would be back on schedule, and he would be able to appear at his previously scheduled for Manchester, and that he’d moved his Glasgow show to Tuesday night.


John Barrowman reprised his role as Malcolm Merlyn in the eighth and final season of ‘Arrow‘.  It doesn’t look as though he will make any further appearances, seeing as how he is now on tour in the UK.  Barrowman first gained notice as Captain Jack Harkness, first on ‘Doctor Who‘, then on spinoff ‘Torchwood’.  He recently filmed the pilot ‘Glamorous’ for The CW.

Barrowman is also very active on social media and uses it frequently to keep fans updated on his numerous projects.

It sounds as though he is out of the woods for now, but here’s hoping that this is a complete recovery and the issue doesn’t flare up again.