“You don’t want to miss the chance to see the sell-out show that has been a real labour of love. McKellen has been celebrating his 80th birthday by touring to 80 theatres up and down the country, most of which he has a personal connection with. I’ve not seen it but those I know who have say it is a joyful occasion and an evening that is generous in more ways than one: all profits go to theatre charities.”
“Tickets for this are disappearing fast, so if you want to see this one in a lifetime show then don't put off booking! A night of stories, chat and performance - this is one of Britain's national treasures giving back.”
“Taking this new show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself.
I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney. Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. As for the show? Ask someone who’s seen it. Come and find out.”
- Ian McKellen
The show starts with Gandalf and will likely end with an invitation to act with him on stage. In between, there will be chat, reminiscence and gossip. There will also be performances from his vast repertoire of Shakespeare and Tolkien and perhaps a song or two along with a chance to ask questions and maybe even take to the stage with Henry V.
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