facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Sir Ian McKellen announces Ian McKellen On Stage

Sir Ian McKellen. Photo credit: Pip -Camera Press

Sir Ian McKellen launches charity fundraiser for backstage and front of house theatre workers

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 1 July 2020, Last Updated 2 July 2020

It was announced today that stage and screen star Sir Ian McKellen in collaboration with The Theatrical Guild has launched a new charity fundraiser to support backstage and front of house theatre workers.

Sir Ian McKellen has kicked off the appeal by donating £40,000 to help with food bills, housing costs, mental health services and other basic essentials.

He selected The Theatrical Guild to receive donations from the proceeds of his one-man show On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You! and is calling on theatre enthusiasts to donate what they can with the hope to double his donation, raising £80,000 to distribute to those most in need.

Sir Ian said: “Many people who work in the theatre industry have seen their livelihoods disappear due to the Coronavirus lockdown. I, for example, have received a distressing letter from a stage manager who is facing eviction from his home and can’t access government relief. I’ve directed him to the Guild’s website.”

General manager of The Theatrical Guild, Adam Bambrough, said: “These individuals are the unsung heroes of every staged performance, without whom there would be no shows. Their variety of skills from creating costumes, operating lighting rigs, and running the box office, to photographing the shows are what make theatre performances possible. Yet, most are low-paid, self-employed or on zero-hours contracts so many, through no fault of their own, have fallen between the gaps for Government support.”

If you’d like to find out more or if you’d like to donate to the fund, please click here.

Share

Sign up

Tagged:
Sir Ian McKellen

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.