NEWS: Ian Mckellen tours solo show to 80 theatres for his 80th birthday

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Ian McKellen will celebrate his 8oth birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK.

It all begins in January 2019 with a Tour of London from the National Theatre to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, as well as performances in the West End and Outer London. Then, across the country, he will visit theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional actor over the last half-century.

Accessibly priced tickets will be available everywhere. All profits will benefit specific causes at each theatre. His intimate show is a mixture of anecdote and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others…and you the audience.

Ian McKellen says:

“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 National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions. Sean Mathias, the director and I have worked together for stage and screen, many happy times.”

Ambassador Theatre Group’s Executive Producer Adam Speers added: “ATG is proud to be presenting Ian McKellen On Stage and is committed to supporting regional touring. The UK’s regional venues are integral in supporting and developing artists and practitioners across all areas of the theatre, both on and off stage.

“All of us in this industry are united by a passion for the arts and love of what we do and this special show is a rare and excellent opportunity to celebrate what’s best in our industry while at the same time celebrating one of its greatest actors and raising vital funds to keep the lifeblood of theatre in this country flowing.”

Full whistle-stop tour

  • 25-26 January 2019 | The Space 269 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3RS
  • 28 January 2019 | National Theatre, Lyttleton Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX
  • 30 January 2019 | Young Vic 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
  • 3 February 2019 | Bridge Theatre 3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG
  • 4 February 2019 | Richmond Theatre Little Green, Richmond, London TW9 1QJ
  • 6 February 2019 | Above The Stag Theatre 72 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP
  • 10 February 2019 | Hampstead Theatre Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU
  • 11 February 2019 | Arts Theatre 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB
  • 12-13 February 2019 | Theatre Royal Windsor 32 Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS
  • 17 February 2019 | The Old Vic The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB
  • 19-20 February 2019 | Bristol Old Vic King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
  • 22 February 2019 | Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, Chelsea London SW1W 8AS
  • 24-25 February 2019 | The Queen’s Theatre Billet Ln, Hornchurch, London RM11 1QT
  • 26 February 2019 | Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre,RADA 62-64 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6ED
  • 1 March 2019 | Donmar Warehouse 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
  • 3 March 2019 | Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0QL
  • 4 March 2019 | The Questors, Judi Dench Playhouse 12 Mattock Ln, Ealing, London W5 5BQ
  • 7 March 2019 (Mat & Eve) | Duke of York’s Theatre St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG
  • 8-9 March 2019 | Ipswich New Wolsey Civic Dr, Ipswich IP1 2AS
  • 10 March 2019 | Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
  • 13 March 2019 | Swansea Grand Theatre Singleton St, Swansea SA1 3QJ
  • 14-15 March 2019 | Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
  • 16 March 2019 | The Hafren Llanidloes Rd, Newtown, Powys SY16 4HU
  • 18-19 March 2019 |Theatr Clwyd Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA
  • 24 March 2019 | Theatre Royal Bath Saw Close, Bath BA1 1ET
  • 29-30 March 2019 | Maddermarket Theatre St Johns Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR
  • 2 April 2019 | The Leas Cliff Hall The Leas, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2DZ
  • 5 April 2019 | Chichester Minerva Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP
  • 12-13 April 2019 | Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Westgate St, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR
  • 14 April 2019 | Royal & Derngate 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
  • 17-18 April 2019 | Colchester Mercury Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate , Colchester CO1 1PT
  • 20 April 2019 | Belgrade Theatre Coventry Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS
  • 24-25 April 2019 | Norwich Playhouse 42 – 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB
  • 27-28 April 2019 | King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival St George’s Guildhall, 29 King St, Kings Lynn PE30 1HA
  • 30 April – 1 May 2019 | Oxford Playhouse 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW
  • 3-4 May 2019 | Jersey Opera House 3 Gloucester St, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3QR
  • 6 May 2019 | Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG
  • 7-8 May 2019 | Cheltenham EverymanTheatre 7 – 10 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ
  • 10-11 May 2019 | Cambridge Arts Theatre 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ
  • 13-14 May 2019 | Wigan Little Theatre 44 Crompton St, Wigan WN1 3SL
  • 15 May 2019 | The Forum Theatre The Precinct, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA
  • 17-18 May 2019 | Liverpool Playhouse Williamson Square, Liverpool L1 1EL
  • 19 May 2019 | Warwick Arts Centre University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
  • 20 May 2019 | Blackpool Grand 33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT
  • 23 May 2019 | Burnley Youth Theatre Queen’s Park Rd, Burnley BB10 3LB
  • 25 May 2019 | The Albert Halls Theatre Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU
  • 28 May 2019 | The Dukes Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
  • 31 May 2019 | Buxton Opera House Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN
  • 1-2 June 2019 | Curve Theatre, Studio 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
  • 3 June 2019 | Sheffield Crucible 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA
  • 4 June 2019 | Theatre Royal Wakefield Drury Ln, Wakefield WF1 2TE
  • 5-6 June 2019 | HOME Manchester 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
  • 9 June 2019 | Forum Theatre Billingham Queensway, Stockton-on-Tees TS23 2LJ
  • 11 June 2019 | The Civic Hanson St, Barnsley S70 2HZ
  • 12 June 2019 | CAST Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
  • 14 June 2019 | The Georgian Theatre Royal Victoria Rd, Richmond, Yorkshire DL10 4DW
  • 16 June 2019 | Hull New Theatre Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
  • 17 June 2019 | Grand Opera House Clifford St, York YO1 9SW
  • 21-22 June 2019 | Birmingham Repertory Theatre Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
  • 25-26 June 2019 | Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
  • 27-28 June 2019 | Cardiff New Theatre Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3LN
  • 1 July 2019 | Northcott Theatre Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QB
  • 2 July 2019 | Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG
  • 3 July 2019 | Marine Theatre Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
  • 5 July 2019 | The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
  • 15-19 July 2019 | Theatre Royal Brighton New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD
  • 21 July 2019 | Royal Shakespeare Theatre & Swan Theatre Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB25-26 July 2019 | Lyric Theatre 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB
  • 27 July 2019 | Waterside Theatre Glendermott Rd, Derry/ Londonderry BT47 6BG
  • 29 July 2019 | The Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena BT43 5AE
  • 31 July – 1 August 2019 | Theatre at the Mill Carnmoney Rd N, Mossley Mill, Newtonabbey BT36 5QA
  • 9 August 2019 | Dundee Rep Theatre Tay Square, Dundee DD1 1PB
  • 11 August 2019 | Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry PH16 5DR
  • 12 August 2019 | Eden Court Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA
  • 14 August 2019 | Aberdeen Tivoli 34-48 Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NB
  • 18 August 2019 | Newcastle Theatre Royal 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR
  • 20 August 2019 | Theatre by the Lake Lakeside, Lake Rd, Keswick CA12 5DJ
  • 22-25 August 2019 | Edinburgh International Festival at Assembly Hall, Mound Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2LU
  • 28 August 2019 | The Orkney Theatre Kirkwall Grammar School, The Meadows, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QN
  • 15 September 2019 | National Theatre, Olivier Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX
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