Ian McKellen celebrates his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU.
It began in January 2019 when Ian McKellen visited theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional actor over the last half-century.
Ian McKellen says: 'I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well and a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes and acting. I open at my local arts centre in January and end up by August in Orkney. Live theatre has always been thrilling to me, as an actor and in the audience. Growing up in Lancashire, I was grateful to those companies who toured beyond London and I’ve always enjoyed repaying that debt by touring up and down the country myself, with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions. Sean Mathias, the director and I have worked together for stage and screen, many happy times.'
His intimate show is a mixture of anecdote and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others...and you the audience.
The Harold Pinter Theatre