Ian McKellen on Stage: Tolkien, Shakespeare and You!

UK Tour 25 January - 15 September 2019

UK Tour by Date

UK Tour by City

One Night Only at The Hudson Theatre, Broadway

West End Limited Run 20 September 2019- 5 January 2020

I celebrated my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well and a few that I didn't. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there are anecdotes and acting. I opened at my local arts centre in January 2019 and ended up by August in Orkney. Then I took it to London's West End for a limited run.

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.

London Reviews

Photo credit Oliver Rosser, Feast Creative

 

Tour by Date

Dates TheatreCity
25-Jan to 26-JanThe Space London
28-Jan National Theatre, Lyttelton London
30-Jan Young Vic London
01-Feb Rose TheatreKingston
03-Feb Bridge Theatre London
04-Feb Richmond Theatre London
05-Feb Sands FilmsLondon
06-Feb Above The Stag Theatre London
10-Feb Hampstead Theatre London
11-Feb Arts Theatre London
12-Feb to 13-FebTheatre Royal Windsor Windsor
15-FebPiccadilly TheatreLondon
17-Feb to 17-FebOld Vic London
19-Feb to 20-FebBristol Old Vic Bristol
22-Feb Royal Court London
24-Feb to 25-FebThe Queens Theatre Hornchurch
26-Feb RADA (Students only) London
01-Mar Donmar Warehouse (Students only) London
03-Mar Lyric Hammersmith London
04-Mar Questors Ealing London
07-Mar to 07-MarDuke of York's Theatre London
08-Mar to 09-MarIpswich New Wolsey Ipswich
10-Mar Theatre Royal Stratford East London
13-Mar Swansea Grand Theatre Swansea
14-Mar to 15-MarAberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth
16-Mar The Hafren Newtown
18-Mar to 19-MarTheatr Clwyd Mold
24-Mar Landmark TheatreIlfracombe
25-Mar Theatre Royal Bath Bath
29-Mar to 30-MarMaddermarket Theatre Norwich
02-Apr The Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone
05-Apr Chichester Minerva Theatre Chichester
10-Apr Nuffield TheatreSouthampton
12-Apr to 13-AprTheatre Royal Bury St EdmundsBury St Edmunds
14-Apr Royal & Derngate Northampton
16-Apr Frinton Summer Theatre Frinton-On-Sea
17-Apr to 18-AprColchester Mercury Colchester
20-Apr Belgrade Theatre Coventry Coventry
24-Apr to 25-AprNorwich Playhouse Norwich
27-Apr to 28-AprSt George's Guildhall King's Lynn
30-Apr to 01-MayOxford Playhouse Oxford
03-May to 04-MayJersey Opera House Jersey
06-May Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Aylesbury
07-May to 08-MayCheltenham Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
10-May to 11-MayCambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge
13-May to 14-MayWigan Little Theatre Wigan
15-May The Forum Theatre Romiley Stockport
17-May to 18-MayLiverpool Playhouse Liverpool
19-May Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
20-May Blackpool Grand Blackpool
23-May to 23-May Burnley Youth Theatre Burnley
25-May Albert Halls Theatre Bolton
28-May The Dukes Lancaster
31-May Buxton Opera House Buxton
01-Jun to 02-JunCurve Theatre Leicester
03-Jun Sheffield Crucible Sheffield
04-Jun Theatre Royal Wakefield Wakefield
05-Jun to 06-JunHOME Manchester Manchester
09-Jun Forum Theatre Billingham Stockton-on-Tees
11-Jun The Civic Barnsley
12-Jun CAST Doncaster
14-Jun The Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond
16-Jun Hull New Theatre Hull
17-Jun Grand Opera House York
21-Jun to 22-JunBirmingham Rep Birmingham
25-Jun to 26-JunNottingham Playhouse Nottingham
27-Jun to 28-JunCardiff New Theatre Cardiff
01-Jul Northcott Theatre Exeter
02-Jul Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts Poole
03-Jul Marine Theatre Lyme Regis
05-Jul The Watermill Theatre Newbury
15-Jul to 19-JulTheatre Royal Brighton Brighton
21-Jul RST & Swan Theatre Stratford upon Avon
25-Jul to 26-JulLyric Belfast
27-Jul Waterside Derry
29-Jul The Braid Arts Centre Ballymena
31-Jul to 01-AugTheatre at The Mill Newtonabbey
09-Aug Dundee Rep Theatre Dundee
11-Aug Pitlochry Festival Theatre Pitlochry
12-Aug Eden Court Inverness
14-Aug Tivoli Aberdeen
18-Aug Newcastle Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne
20-Aug Theatre by the Lake Keswick
22-Aug to 25-AugEdinburgh International Festival Edinburgh
28-Aug Orkney Arts TheatreOrkney
15-Sep National Theatre, Olivier London

Tour by City

Dates TheatreCity
14-Aug Tivoli Aberdeen
14-Mar to 15-MarAberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth
06-May Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Aylesbury
29-Jul The Braid Arts Centre Ballymena
11-Jun The Civic Barnsley
24-Mar Theatre Royal Bath Bath
25-Jul to 26-JulLyric Belfast
21-Jun to 22-JunBirmingham Rep Birmingham
20-May Blackpool Grand Blackpool
25-May Albert Halls Theatre Bolton
15-Jul to 19-JulTheatre Royal Brighton Brighton
19-Feb to 20-FebBristol Old Vic Bristol
23-May to 23-May Burnley Youth Theatre Burnley
12-Apr to 13-AprTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds
31-May Buxton Opera House Buxton
10-May to 11-MayCambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge
27-Jun to 28-JunCardiff New Theatre Cardiff
07-May to 08-MayCheltenham Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
05-Apr Chichester Minerva Theatre Chichester
17-Apr to 18-AprColchester Mercury Colchester
20-Apr Belgrade Theatre Coventry Coventry
19-May Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
27-Jul Waterside Derry
12-Jun CAST Doncaster
09-Aug Dundee Rep Theatre Dundee
22-Aug to 25-AugEdinburgh International FestivalEdinburgh
01-Jul Northcott Theatre Exeter
02-Apr The Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone
16-Apr Frinton Summer Theatre Frinton-On-Sea
24-Feb to 25-FebThe Queens Theatre Hornchurch
16-Jun Hull New Theatre Hull
24-Mar Landmark TheatreIlfracombe
12-Aug Eden Court Inverness
08-Mar to 09-MarIpswich New Wolsey Ipswich
03-May to 04-MayJersey Opera House Jersey
20-Aug Theatre by the Lake Keswick
27-Apr to 28-AprSt Georges Guildhall King's Lynn
01-Feb Rose TheatreKingston
28-May The Dukes Lancaster
01-Jun to 02-JunCurve Theatre Leicester
17-May to 18-MayLiverpool Playhouse Liverpool
15-Sep National Theatre, Olivier London
17-Feb Old Vic London
15-FebPiccadilly TheatreLondon
10-Mar Theatre Royal Stratford East London
22-Feb Royal Court London
26-Feb RADA (Students only) London
07-Mar to 07-MarDuke of York's Theatre London
06-Feb Above The Stag Theatre London
03-Mar Lyric Hammersmith London
01-Mar Donmar Warehouse (Students only) London
11-Feb Arts Theatre London
10-Feb Hampstead Theatre London
05-Feb Sands FilmsLondon
04-Feb Richmond Theatre London
03-Feb Bridge Theatre London
30-Jan Young Vic London
28-Jan National Theatre, Lyttelton London
25-Jan to 26-JanThe Space London
04-Mar Questors Ealing London
03-Jul Marine Theatre Lyme Regis
05-Jun to 06-JunHOME Manchester Manchester
18-Mar to 19-MarTheatr Clwyd Mold
05-Jul The Watermill Theatre Newbury
18-Aug Newcastle Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne
31-Jul to 01-AugTheatre at The Mill Newtonabbey
16-Mar The Hafren Newtown
14-Apr Royal & Derngate Northampton
24-Apr to 25-AprNorwich Playhouse Norwich
29-Mar to 30-MarMaddermarket Theatre Norwich
25-Jun to 26-JunNottingham Playhouse Nottingham
28-Aug Orkney Arts Theatre Orkney
30-Apr to 01-MayOxford Playhouse Oxford
11-Aug Pitlochry Festival Theatre Pitlochry
02-Jul Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts Poole
14-Jun The Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond
03-Jun Sheffield Crucible Sheffield
10-Apr Nuffield TheatreSouthampton
15-May The Forum Theatre Romiley Stockport
09-Jun Forum Theatre Billingham Stockton-on-Tees
21-Jul RST & Swan Theatre Stratford upon Avon
13-Mar Swansea Grand Theatre Swansea
04-Jun Theatre Royal Wakefield Wakefield
13-May to 14-MayWigan Little Theatre Wigan
12-Feb to 13-FebTheatre Royal Windsor Windsor
17-Jun Grand Opera House York