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Ian McKellen at Above the Stag

Actor Ian Mckellen

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06 February 2019

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With Tolkien, Shakespeare, others…and you!

A message from Ian McKellen:

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 RSC, the National Theatre, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.

As part of the London Tour of my new solo show, I wanted to make my debut at the UK’s only full-time LGBT+ theatre. I will include my memories of the first production of Martin Sherman’s sensational Bent, words from Armistead Maupin and a few surprising gay characters in Shakespeare! All profits will help provide sound-proofing of Above The Stag Theatre’s main house in lovely Lambeth. See you there, I hope!

IAN McKELLEN ON STAGE is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group

All tickets include a welcome glass of prosecco and an invitation to the after show drinks and canapé reception.