On the Road; Sir Ian McKellen Is Touring the UK to Mark His 80th Birthday and He's Visiting Cardiff - for a Very Good Cause

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On the Road; Sir Ian McKellen Is Touring the UK to Mark His 80th Birthday and He's Visiting Cardiff - for a Very Good Cause


Byline: Ian McKellen

E'S one of the nation's acting treasures and as he reaches his milestone 80th birthday, Sir Ian McKellen is taking his new solo show around the UK - to raise funds for the country's theatres.

HLaunching in January 2019, he will visit theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional actor over the last half-century.

Accessibly priced tickets will be available everywhere. All profits will benefit specific causes at each theatre. His intimate show is a mixture of anecdote and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others... and you the audience.

He says: "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 National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Prospect Theatre, the Actors' Company, as well as with commercial productions. …

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