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    An absolute corker of a show.
    Whatsonstage.com
    A generous, exuberant delight.
    The Evening Standard

Ian McKellen On Stage tickets

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 25 minutes (including interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 8+

Special notice: 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.

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Latest audience reviews

It was lovely to spend the evening with Mr. McKellen. He told stories, delivered Shakespeare and had... More

daan1601 15 Feb 2020

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.

daan1601 15 Feb 2020

Sheer delight. Interesting, funny, great rapport with the audience and a Shakespeare masterclass in the... More

leepeddie 13 Oct 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 donation - he continued the banter and interaction with people all through the long, slow trek out. A great performer and entertainer, long may he continue.

leepeddie 13 Oct 2019

Absolutely Incredible performance by Sir Ian Mckellen. His energy, passion, acting and versatility at... More

reemap1 14 Oct 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 splits and in awe of his talent. What a legend! Not to be missed!

reemap1 14 Oct 2019

Such a wonderful little show, definitely worth seeing whether you are a fan of Sir Ian McKellen or not. More

eimeard 10 Nov 2019

Such a wonderful little show, definitely worth seeing whether you are a fan of Sir Ian McKellen or not.

eimeard 10 Nov 2019

It was a privilege to see Ian McKellen on this performance, he was magnificent, inspirational and captivating.... More

fotinic 14 Dec 2019

It was a privilege to see Ian McKellen on this performance, he was magnificent, inspirational and captivating. Do not miss the opportunity to see him on stage and especially on this performance.

fotinic 14 Dec 2019

So glad I got to see Ian McKellen, one of the finest actors around. I would definitely recommend. He... More

mariabell Top 100 reviewer09 Oct 2019

So glad I got to see Ian McKellen, one of the finest actors around. I would definitely recommend. He was funny, interesting, informative and inspirational, especially for those who are in the 'older' bracket. His years may be many but he is very 'young' in outlook and ability.

mariabell Top 100 reviewer09 Oct 2019
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