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