International stage and screen star Ian McKellen, most recently on Broadway in the 2013 revivals of Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a new solo show that will play 80 stages throughout the U.K.
The tour will kick off January 25, 2019, at London's The Space and will continue through September 15 in the National Theatre’s Olivier. In between, McKellen—who is the subject of the recent documentary film McKellen: Playing The Part—will visit theatres large and small, many that hold 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.
Ian McKellen On Stage will be a mixture of anecdotes and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, and others.
In a statement McKellen said, “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.”
For ticket information and tour route visit ianonstage.co.uk.