Multi-award winning actor Sir Ian McKellen will celebrate his 80th birthday in 2019 with an epic tour of his one-man show to raise funds for local theatres.
McKellen will launch the tour at his local arts centre in London in January 2019 and will criss-cross the country going as far as Orkney in Scotland, gracing the stage of 80 theatres across the UK.
The show will be performed at theatres big and small, including amateur groups he knew as a child, notable playhouses he has performed at over the past fifty years, as well as stages with which he has had a personal connection.
The profits raised by the tour aim to benefit specific causes at each theatre, with a performance that will mix anecdote and acting and include Shakespeare, Tolkien and the audience.
Sir Ian said “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.” Of the show, he added, “The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage.”
In a career spanning over 60 years, Ian McKellen has been the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for two Oscars, four BAFTA’s and five Emmy Awards
McKellen’s celebrated career encompasses genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular television and to fantasy and science fiction films including Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
McKellen most recent stage performance was playing the title role in King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in 2018.
The full list of tour dates can be found here