Ian McKellen on stage with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You
  • BELGRADE THEATRE
    Belgrade Square,
    Coventry, CV1 1GS
    CV1 1GS
  • Saturday 20th April 2:30am until 4:00am
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.

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.

My first professional job was at the newly-built Belgrade Theatre, living in a company flat on Corporation Street. I stayed a year, on £8.50 a week. “Ian McKellen On Stage” is anecdote as well as acting, so I’ll tell you a story or two about the old days. All profits will support talent development work at the Belgrade. See you there I hope!

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