Ian McKellen On Stage

Ian McKellen On Stage

4.5 (22) · Contemporary Drama

with Tolkien, Shakespeare, others and YOU

Lyn Gardner avatar
3 October 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“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. It’s a staged meet and greet sprinkled with anecdote, some poetry, a bit of autobiography, lots of audience interaction, a dab of Shakespeare and some stardust. It is full of love: love by McKellen for the industry that has supported him over 60 years and love by his fans for Gandalf. Sorry, McKellen.”
“Tickets for this are disappearing fast, so if you want to see this once 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.

Critic reviews

Sir Ian McKellen is a story-telling machine of the highest calibre

A Younger Theatre

Sir Ian’s generous, sprawling, funny solo show is a total delight

Time Out

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

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Show celebrates an extraordinary career and an extraordinary talent

Evening Standard

Gossip with Gandalf

The Times

A master relishes the joy of theatre

The Arts Desk

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

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 20 Sep - Sun 5 Jan, 3pm & 7.30pm


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