Ian McKellen is to return to the London stage for a nine-performance run in Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, in which he will reprise some of his renowned performances, from Gandalf to Macbeth. It will run July 3–9 only.
It is directed by Jez Bond, artistic director of the Park Theatre, for which McKellen has been a key ambassador and champion from its inception. He is doing this run to help raise funds for its work.
In a press statement, he commented, “I’m performing at Park Theatre to help raise funds for the charity. In a short time the theatre has established itself on both the theatrical and local maps. But with no public subsidy for core costs they need to bring in donations of around £250,000 every year just to keep the doors open. The monies raised from the higher ticket prices for this production will support their core ambition of producing accessible theatre throughout the coming years and furthering their work with the local community. A number of £10 seats will also be available on the day. I do hope you’ll support this wonderful cause.”
Bond added, “As one of our country’s leading actors, I can’t imagine there is anyone better placed to understand both the power and importance of smaller scale theatres and the challenges they face. Ian has been a staunch supporter since the building was a hard-hat site—and I continue to be grateful for and humbled by his incredible generosity. He has donated his time to help raise vital funds by performing this show—and I am honoured to be working with him to bring it to the stage.”
The production will be accompanied by a never-before-seen exhibition of iconic posters, paintings, and photographs from McKellen’s plays and films, with a number of pieces for sale.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit parktheatre.co.uk.