Ian McKellen On Stage at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
Ian McKellen On Stage at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 20 Sep 2019
Press night: 02 Oct 2019
Booking from: 04 Jan 2020
Booking until: 31 Dec 2019

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

272 Reviews Add review

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

fotinic 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

leepeddie 176, 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

He is an absolut legenda and everybody should see him live if they have a chance.

mariaifrim 165 cm, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant. Very entertaining, funny and informative about his life. The second half is primarily about all of Shakespeare's plays.

markc23 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A delightful evening with a national treasure. Charming and engaging from start to finish.

jimd3 5' 10", 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely Incredible performance by Sir Ian Mckellen. His energy, passion, acting and versatility at 80 is astounding! Enthralling... More

reemap1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

eimeard 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

One of the best things I’ve ever seen - he’s fascinating and genius.

janew20 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Totally entertaining, even if like me your Shakespeare knowledge may be lacking. Great fun.

MartinZ 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes