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Sir Ian McKellen announces Ian McKellen On Stage

Sir Ian McKellen. Photo credit: Pip -Camera Press

Ian McKellen’s solo show gets West End transfer

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 14 June 2019, Last Updated 14 June 2019

Sir Ian McKellen is the gift that just keeps on giving. Having sold out over 80 theatres across the country with his solo show, which marks his 80th birthday year, he’s now due to bring it to the West End. Ian McKellen On Stage is coming to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre this September.

The ground-breaking production has so far raised over £1million for causes related to its host venues, and it’s anticipated that total will surpass £2million by the time the tour concludes in Orkney in August. Now, Ian has a new target – £3million for theatre charities – by the end of its West End run.

Ian McKellen On Stage delves into Ian’s career, as he entertains audiences with anecdotes, acting, Shakespeare, and even some Tolkien. There may even be a little audience participation along the way…

Ian McKellen in the title role of King Lear (Photo: Manuel Harlan)Ian McKellen in the title role of King Lear in the West End (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Ian said of the venture: “Taking this new Show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself. I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney.

“Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. For each performance at the Harold Pinter Theatre, I’m glad that there will be 80 tickets at just £10.

“As for the Show? Ask someone who’s seen it. Come and find out.”

Ian McKellen On Stage will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre between 20 September 2019 and 5 January 2020. The production is directed by Ian’s long-time collaborator Sean Mathias.

Tickets are now on sale – so, much like his famous wizard character, make sure you’re not late to the party!


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