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IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you!

Ambassador Theatre Group presents

Ian McKellen on Stage

Tolkien, Shakespeare, others ...and you!

One performance on 30 January 2019

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Ian McKellen returns to the Young Vic, where his esteemed career in acting began, with a special one-off solo performance on Wed 30 Jan 2019  as he celebrates his 80th Birthday with an 80 venue tour. 

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.

Fifty years ago I shared Frank Dunlop’s vision for the Young Vic, a theatre where young people could discover live theatre at a price they could afford. My new solo show will raise funds for that work to continue. I first worked at the Young Vic in David Rudkin’s “Ashes” and returned with Trevor Nunn’s “Macbeth” with Judi Dench and his “Othello”, Iago to Willard White’s Moor. It will be good to be back. See you there, I hope!  

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Director Sean Mathias

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