Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Ian McKellen’s show in which he reflects on his career which arrives in London following a successful UK tour.
i News: ★★★★★ “Shakespeare is handled with a light touch – the audience shout a title and he usually has something personal to say about it – with enough opportunities for longer quotation.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★★ “McKellen is a consummate stage actor, able to speak directly and intimately to every single person listening to his rapt delivery of this rich language.”
The Arts Desk: ★★★★★ “He is clearly enjoying himself hugely, but any accusations of self-gratification melt away in the light of his infectious love of theatre and the many thousands of pounds raised during his country-wide tour for numerous good causes mostly linked to the opening up of his beloved art form to as many people as possible.”
Broadway World: ★★★★★ “Legends don’t seem to come quite so humble, entertaining and moving as McKellen and, from beginning to end, this tour of his life and career so far is a complete and utter joy.”
Time Out: ★★★★ “The fact is that the show barely scratches the ice of a remarkable life and career. But Sean Mathias’s production does include many of the most fun parts – Widow Twankey is resurrected – as McKellen waxes lyrical with the help of various props and aide-mémoires pulled from the large travel trunk on stage.”
The Metro: ★★★★★ “The piece is elastic, depending on the audience and his mood; the West End opening ran to three hours, which, truth be told, was a little too much of a good thing. But McKellen is a true great: he’s the wizard, the king — and the master.”
Ian McKellen On Stage runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 5 January 2020.