Tickets for Ian McKellen’s new solo show have sold out
Tickets for Ian McKellen on Stage: Tolkien, Shakespeare, others and you have now SOLD OUT.
Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 8oth birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK, including the Crucible on Monday 3 June.
Profits for Ian’s performance at the Crucible will go towards Storyframe – for primary school groups working with a playwright and drama specialist and creating a piece of theatre that is performed at the Crucible Theatre. Another project under the umbrella is Young Company, which is for people aged 18-25 to gain further theatrical experience and start building a career in the theatre industry through a long-term programme of skills development in a professional environment. His intimate show is a mixture of anecdote and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others...and you the audience.
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.'
'I shall always be proud that, with Edward Petherbridge, I was in the first play ever at the Crucible in 1971. Chekov’s “Swansong” was part of the concert which opened the now iconic open stage. I’ve since presented a previous solo show here and was most recently in Sheffield at the Lyceum, with Patrick Stewart in Pinter’s No Man’s Land.'