Please note, as Ian McKellen On Stage is an intimate event in our Studio, we have an extremely limited number of seats and we anticipate that these seats will sell out in advance of the general on sale. To ensure that as many people as possible are able to attend, tickets are limited to four per person for Friends, Supporters and Members, and two per person for 16-26 Members.
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Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres including Curve in Leicester, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK.
A message from Ian McKellen:
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 RSC, the National Theatre, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.
In 1972, I directed “The Real Inspector Hound”, with Derek Jacobi in the cast, at the old Phoenix Theatre. Since then I have stuck to acting, rather than telling the other actors what to do. I’m glad to be back in Leicester, for my debut at the Curve, raising funds to contribute towards the access performance programme. See you there, I hope!
There will be a pre-show reception on the Mezzanine at 6.45pm before each performance where you can enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes.
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.