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Ian McKellen On Stage Tickets

Harold Pinter Theatre

Ian McKellen brings reminiscences of a life in acting to the West End this Autumn. Join him as he regales audiences with tales of Middle Earth and Shakespeare in Ian McKellen On Stage, at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 20 September.

After stopping off in cities from Lancashire to the Midlands, Ian McKellen brings his 80th birthday career retrospective to the West End. Ian McKellen On Stage with Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and You opens this Autumn at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

This celebratory one-man show offers audiences a real treat. Starting with his Academy Award nominated Middle Earth character Gandalf, McKellen invites us on a half-century long journey through some of his most iconic work. Expect plenty of anecdotes from behind the curtains, and the chance to join one of our greatest living thesps on stage for a spot of acting yourself. In keeping with the rest of his 2019 tour, profits from the Harold Pinter run will be donated to theatre charities.

McKellen himself needs little introduction; since his professional stage debut at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre in A Man for All Seasons (1961), he has starred in a multitude of plays, films and television series. To the wider public, he is perhaps best known as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise, although his stage credits are also near-unmatched. He counts 11 Olivier Awards nominations to his name, and has won five times, most recently for Richard III in 1991. His last West End performance was just last year, as he conquered King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre.

Whether you’re a comic book fan or a Shakespeare devotee, Ian McKellen On Stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre is sure to be an engaging and utterly incomparable evening out. The West End run opens its doors on 20 September.

Performance dates:
04 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 25 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 8+
Audience Notes:
Fans of McKellen’s long and varied career don’t want to miss this opportunity to be led on a journey down memory lane with the enigmatic actor - this will be a hot ticket in the run-up to Christmas.

Ian McKellen On Stage Reviews

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User Reviews


It was lovely to spend the evening with Mr. McKellen. He told stories, delivered Shakespeare and had me laughing in my seat. I was very glad that he donated the money raised with ticket sales to various theatre charities.

Performance date: 22 November 2019

Sheer delight. Interesting, funny, great rapport with the audience and a Shakespeare masterclass in the second half. Touching that Sir Ian stood with his charity bucket in the foyer after the show so that every audience member could personally give a Read more

Performance date: 12 October 2019

Absolutely Incredible performance by Sir Ian Mckellen. His energy, passion, acting and versatility at 80 is astounding! Enthralling an audience for 2 and a half hours with a few props is no mean feat. He entertained, touched our hearts, had us in spl Read more

Performance date: 13 October 2019
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