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.
“I first visited the National Theatre before its roof was on and saw the first-ever performance on the Lyttelton stage. This new solo show opens its London Tour at the Lyttelton but returns 80 stages later in September to the Olivier Theatre, where I have been Coriolanus, Captain Hook and the Real Inspector Hound. Happy memories all.”