Upcoming Events

Saturday 26 September 2009 10.30am

Chiswick Literature Festival

Ian McKellen will read extracts from Michelle Paver's series, "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Details

Washington, DC
Thursday 29 October 2009

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004-2207


A newly devised solo-show at the Harman Theatre to raise funds for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC.

Phone: 202.547.1122 Toll-free: 877.487.8849

Monday 2 November 2009
New York City

Schubert Theatre

"ONLY MAKE BELIEVE" 10th Anniversary Gala

Ian McKellen will host the Gala, starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Alan Cumming.  Details

 Monday 14 December 2009
Sheffield, UK


A specially devised fundraiser to celebrate the house-warming of the newly-refurbished Crucible Theatre. Details

Past Events

14 December 2008

14 July 2008, 7pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre, London


UK Premiere with Bishop Gene Robinson and Ian McKellen
in conversation after the screening

Sunday 13 July 2008, 9am

Bishop Gene Robinson and Ian McKellen
on the Andrew Marr Show

12 July 2008 11:30pm
BFI IMAX, London

X-Men Trilogy All-Nighter

Introduced by Ian McKellen

TBAFTA Film Awards 2008

Sunday 10 February
The Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden

Ian McKellen will present one of the awards at
The Orange British Academy Film Awards

Brit Awards 2008

20 February 2008
Ian McKellen will present one of the awards

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations
Friday, 27 April - Sunday 29 April 2007

Sunday, 12:30pm
RSC Stage
"Shakespeare: How His Text Helps the Actor"
John Barton works with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen

Sunday, 6:15pm
RSC Stage
"The Great Shakespeare Quiz"
Gyles Brandeth plays quizmaster and fires questions on Shakespeare at two teams with panelists including Sinead Cusack, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Antony Sher, Donald Sinden, Julie Stevenson, David Warner, and Michael Wood

Friday, 3:15pm
Great Garden of New Place
Sir Ian unveiled a new Greg Wyatt sculpture of Macbeth

Ian McKellen turns on the Regent Street Christmas Lights
Tuesday, 7 November 2006


Thursday 28 September
St Paul's Arts Centre
Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London UK
Ian McKellen Live on Stage
To celebrate SPACE's 10th anniversary


Saturday 23 September
Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street
Bolton, Lancashire UK
Ian McKellen Live on Stage
To celebrate the BLT's 75th anniversary

Ian McKellen Live on Stage!

22-23 July 2006
Los Angeles


Sunday 2 July 2006, 7:45pm
Royal Albert Hall, London

Avenue Q, Alan Carr, Julian Clary, Chicago, Betty Legs Diamond, Stephen Fry, London Gay Men's Chorus, Ian McKellen, Mama Mia, Never the Bride, Graham Norton, Heather Small, Sandi Toksvig and more to be announced soon.  Details

Click here to book online

On Thursday, May 11 (8:30-8:37 PM ET/PT), McKellen will introduce an exclusive seven-minute preview of Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming "X-Men: The Last Stand." The special, which includes a sneak peek of the movie, is a must-see for fans of the blockbuster" X-Men" franchise. Check out never-before-seen clips featuring two characters new to the film franchise - Beast (Kelsey Grammer) and Angel (Ben Foster) - in addition to returning characters Storm (Halle Berry) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

As a bonus for "X-Men" fans, Stewart joins McKellen on Friday, May 19 (8:00-10:30 PM ET/PT) to host the World Broadcast Premiere of "X2" on FOX. Throughout the night, they will check in to introduce the newest mutant heroes and villains from "X-Men: The Last Stand."

ON HBO Friday 28 April AT 11PM

On KROQ Tuesday 2 May

On ABC Tuesday 2 May at 12:05PM

Saturday 11 February 2006, 11pm

Berlin International Film Festival
Kino International

Sir Ian McKellen will be given an Honorary Golden Bear Award

Screening of Richard III will follow

Tuesday 7 February 2006, 7pm

Ian McKellen's One Man Show
One Night Only


Chelsea, London
The home of Richard and Ruthie Rogers

Tickets £175 to benefit The Dyslexia Institute
available from PO Box 4, Knebworth, Herts SG3 6UT

Telephone 01438 810 400 for details


Saturday, 14 January 2006
Greenwich, UK
National Maritime Museum
"Marine Wind Scales and Weathermen"
Sir Ian will introduce the day with a recital of "The Beaufort Scale."
For details and to book tickets call 020 8312 8560.

Beginning 3 October, you can bid on an envelope created by Ian McKellen at Pushing the Envelope.
Saturday, 25 June 2005
Oslo, Norway

Sunday, 24 April 2005
Bury St Edmunds
Royal Theatre
A Restoration Gala
With Judi Dench, Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Stephen Fry

Monday, 25 April 2005, 8.45pm
New York
Screening ASYLUM

Tribeca Film Festival
Stuyvesant Theatre
345 Chambers Street

Patrick McGrath, Sir Ian McKellen, David Mackenzie, Mace Neufeld and Natasha Richardson are scheduled to attend.

Berlin International Film Festival
11 February 2005, 2.15pm
Ian McKellen will participate in a Press Conference for Asylum
11 February 2005, 7.30pm
Berlinale Palast
Asylum screens in competition
For additional screenings click here

7 February 2005, 6.30-8.30pm
New York
The Shakespeare Society hosts
A Film Retrospective
Celebrating the illustrious and outstanding Shakespearean career of Sir Ian McKellen with selections from Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, Richard III and Acting Shakespeare
The Kaye Playhouse
at Hunter College
E. 68th between Park and Lexington
Call (212) 327-2253 for details.

3 July 2004, 12 Noon
Sir Ian will be one of the leaders in the march from Hyde Park and will address the Rally in Trafalgar Square on arrival.
3 July 2004, 6pm
The Mayor of London's Pride Reception
City Hall
Sir Ian will attend and speak

Tuesday 29 June 2004 at 11.00pm
Airing on ITV in UK
Click Here

21 May 2004
Emile opens in theatres in the UK
23 May 2004
Odeon Covent Garden
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1
Come and see Emile followed by a Q&A with Sir Ian McKellen on Sunday 23rd May at the Doors open. 6pm Film Starts at. 6.30pm
Tickets from Odeon Covent Garden box office 0870 505 0007.
29 April 2004
Sir Ian received an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, from University of Leeds

Saturday April 3, Sunday April 4
Method Fest
Burbank, CA USA
19 January 2004
Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in
Lord of the Rings. Return of the King

Monday 22 December 2003. US Television appearances
Good Morning America, ABC 8am
The View, ABC
CNN with Paula Zahn
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Tuesday 23 December 2003. US Television appearances
CBS Early Show
The Charlie Rose Show

Tuesday 2 December 2003
US Release of Loving Walter on DVD

Monday 1 December 2003
Wellington, New Zealand
Sir Ian will attend the world premiere of
The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King

Wednesday 3 December 2003
Los Angeles, California
Sir Ian will attend the US premiere of
The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King

Friday, 5 December, 8.30PM ET, 5.30PM PT
Live Chat on

Friday, 5 December 2003, 7.00PM
Palm Springs, California
Sir Ian will attend a special screening of
The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King
benefitting KCET-TV
Click here for details

Monday 24 November 2003, 6pm
Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
9700 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, California
Sir Ian and other cast will attend a reception celebrating the "Lord of the Rings" themed storefront, designed by Dan and Chris Hennah.

Saturday 22 November 2003, 6pm
Recognition Dinner
Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
Hollywood, Florida.

Monday 24 November 2003, 1pm
The Screen Actors Guild's James Cagney room
5757 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California
This event is full.
No additional reservations will be accepted.
5 November 2003
Official New Zealand Coins
Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Saruman, Sauron and Gollum are each featured on their own 50c coin, produced by the Royal British Mint and legal tender.
Click here to view/purchase

23 August 2003. Manchester Pride
From Sir Ian's remarks at Manchester Europride.
“How wonderful to see the Rainbow Flag flying from the top of the Town Hall. What a difference today from 15 years ago when I first came to Manchester and marched through the streets against Section 28. That was the year I came out.”
“2003 is the year we finally repeal Section 28. But that’s not enough. When the Church of England can’t make up its mind and join the human race we still have much to do. Now we have to start education for young people, educate them about health, homophobia and all those things.
“The most stylish theatre in the UK today was here on the streets of Manchester.
“When I saw the faces of the people lining the streets as I rode through Manchester in the parade, tears of joy ran down my face. Kids, old people, mothers, grandparents and a real racial mix – it was tremendous. And not a single person objecting to us being there.
“They were there. Meanwhile our politicians sun themselves in places like Barbados, they should be here – with us.”

August, 2003
Billboards in Los Angeles for DVD release of The Two Towers

18 August 2003. Ian McKellen begins work on ASYLUM, now filming in the UK

Past Appearances
Sunday, 4 May 2003, 7PM
The Space, London
Sir Ian McKellen, patron and neighbour of The Space, invites the audience to ask questions about his llife and career. All ages welcome. Tickets booked in advance only by telephone 0207 515 7799 or email.
Ticket prices £30/ £25.
"When I moved to the moribund docklands of the East End of London over 20 years ago there were very few amenities where local residents could meet and be entertained - if we disregard the public houses! There was a sad lack of cinemas or theatres. Then Robert Richardson rescued the derelict chapel that had once served the sailors and others who worked the docks. Almost singlehanded he imagined an intimate space where performers could work close to their audience. I watched the transformation and have loved visiting The SPACE (St Paul's Arts CEntre) just as I am very happy to be performing there once more." — Ian McKellen, April 2003
27 January 2003, London
Sir Ian announced the nominees for the Orange BAFTA awards, including nine nominations for THE TWO TOWERS.

Sprouting up at bus stops all over Hollywood
The Two Towers Poster
The Journey Continues December 18

Arena Magazine, special Two Towers Issue
January 2003 issue on stands 29 November 2002
(Alternate covers. Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom)
Photos by Jake Chessum
Inside the Actors Studio
Premieres Sunday 8 December, 8pm
on Bravo TV in the US
Recent Appearances.
Sunday 10 November 2002

Vancouver Playhouse
Sunday 22 September 2002
AIDS Walk and Run
Seattle, Washington
More photos in the Galleries

30 June 2002
San Francisco Pride
Sir Ian was "Celebrity Grand Marshal"

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