“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.
Sir Ian McKellen is a story-telling machine of the highest calibre
Sir Ian’s generous, sprawling, funny solo show is a total delight
This is not really a theatre show, at least not in the traditional sense. It is more a celebration and an act of supreme generosity
Show celebrates an extraordinary career and an extraordinary talent
Gossip with Gandalf
A master relishes the joy of theatre
McKellen is one of a kind and a gift to our performing industry – only a fool of a Took would miss this gem of an evening
Joyful celebration of an icon – and of theatre itself