Ian McKellen On Stage


Ambassador Theatre Group presents
Ian McKellen On Stage
With Tolkien, Shakespeare, others…and you!

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.

I joined Laurence Olivier’s new National Theatre company at The Old Vic in 1964, as a nervous Claudio in Franco Zeffirelli’s glorious Much Ado About Nothing. I was nervous to be onstage with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi and Robert Stephens. More confidently, I was back in 2004/5 in pantomime, as Widow Twankey to Roger Allam’s dastardly Abanazar. Now in my new solo show, I shall reprise Shakespeare (and others) on The Old Vic’s historic stage. Profits will benefit plans to improve access facilities and, at last, double the number of ladies’ loos. Long live the dear Old Vic! See you there, I hope!

Ian McKellen is kindly donating all profits from the evening to OV Tomorrow, our ambitious and vital fundraising campaign to improve access facilities and double the number of ladies’ loos in our building. We all love our old building but in the 21st century it should be accessible to everyone. Every patron should be able to enter the foyer and auditorium through the same door. Every patron should be able to go to the loo AND order a drink in the interval. And possibly even have time to buy an ice cream as well. For more information visit oldvictheatre.com/ovtomorrow

Ian McKellen On Stage is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group

Tickets: £50, £35, £25, £15, £10

Premium tickets available

Running time: Approx. two hours including a 20 minute interval

Please note there is a max number of 4 tickets per order

We are currently partway through a building project to double the amount of ladies’ loos, upgrade our access facilities and reconfigure our Box Office and foyer. This means that your visit will be a little different to a previous visit – for more information, click here.

It has been brought to our attention that some tickets for Ian McKellen’s upcoming birthday performance are being sold on Viagogo.

Selling tickets at a significantly higher price than originally ticketed is against our sales policy and does not support our belief in making theatre accessible to all.

Any tickets purchased via Viagogo will not be accepted – if you have purchased tickets via this site our Box Office team will be happy to advise. You can reach them on 0844 871 7635.

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