Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2019 by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK.
Celebrating 80 years, this intimate show is a mixture of anecdotes and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others... and you the audience.
The tour will take in numerous Midlands venues including Coventry's Belgrade Theatre (20 April) & Warwick Arts Centre (19 May). Sir Ian then plays 2 dates at The REP Birmingham (21 & 22 June) before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon (21 July) where he'll perform a matinee show at the town's Swan Theatre at 2pm, followed by a performance on the main stage at the RSC at 7.30pm.
Ian McKellen said “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.
“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."
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